common names: Laurel Bug, Scarlet Laurel Bug
scientific name: Order Hemiptera, family Miridae, Lopidea spp.
identification: Scarlet red with a central black wing area.
biology and life cycle: Incomplete metamorphosis. Females insert eggs into plant tissue using a bladelike ovipositor.
habitat: Overwatered flower beds and lawns. Stressed Texas mountain laurels in nurseries.
feeding habits: Feeds on young growth, blooms, and seed pods.
economic importance: Indicates that laurels are stressed--due to overwatering, poor drainage, compacted soil, and other problems.
natural control: Biodiversity.
organic control: Usually does not cause enough damage to worry about. Spray plant oil products for heavy infestations.
insight: Seem to be very serious some years but normally not.