Cotton seed bugs

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Is this a Minor Pest?
Minor Pest Title

Cotton seed bugs (Oxycarenus spp.)

Minor Pest Description

They feed on developing pods. These bugs are small (4 to 6 mm), and blackish in colour. Their wings are transparent. They attack open or damaged pods mainly at the end of the growing season. Nymphs and adults suck from immature seeds, preventing them from ripening. Groups of bugs are usually found between flower buds, flowers and pods. These bugs are minor pests of okra and usually no control measures are needed.


Minor Pest What to do.
  • No control is recommended since they are minor pests.
  • Dislodge the bugs by shaking the plants.
  • Control measures for cotton stainers are usually effective against cotton seed bugs.
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