Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Rice seed bug (299)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Widespread distribution. Asia, Central America, Oceania. On rice and grasses. An important pest.
  • Egg laid on the midribs of leaves, nymphs like adults, but wingless. Adults 15 mm, brown, white underneath, narrow.
  • Contents of seed sucked out when still soft, becoming shrivelled and small.
  • Natural enemies: wasp parasitoids.
  • Cultural control: weed within and around fields; avoid overlapping crops; in small plots, sweep to catch bugs (morning and evening); burn grass on bunds and around fields after harvest.
  • Chemical control: synthetic pyrethroids, but will kill natural enemies.

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