oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A record of Bagrada hilaris Burm. (Heteroptera: pentatomidae) washed up by the sea

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



On the 12th January, 1967 while walking along the beach at Strandfontein, a small resort on the Atlantic coast about 15 miles west of Vredendal, I was struck by the occurrence of numerous dead bodies of Bagrada hilaris Burm. The bodies were scattered along the high water line. They were found over a distance of approximately two miles. For a quarter of a mile in the middle of this stretch the average number was estimated at sixty per yard. Apart from B. hilaris a few specimens of Spilostethus pandurus var. elegans Wolff (Fam. Lygaeidae) were also found.

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