Broad-headed Bug


Broad-headed Bugs, Alydidae, at lights near Lake Baringo, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Found at night below lights at Lake Baringo, Rift Valley, Kenya. October 2016. Generic identification provided by Wongun.

All True Bugs such as Broad-headed Bugs have specialized mouthparts for taking liquified food. With sharp stylets they pierce straight into tissue and with a powerful pump remove fluid. Leaf-footed bugs often focus their feeding activity on fruits and developing seeds. This feeding often causes the seeds to be infertile or to become infected with bacteria or molds. If the host is a crop for food, the farmer is not happy of course.

Coreoidea -- Leaf-footed Bug Super-Family
Alydidae -- Broad-headed Bug Family

Similar Species:

Broad-headed Bug, f. Alydiidae. Moshi, Tanzania, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 29 Dec. 2016,
updated 29 Nov. 2017.