Tytthus is a genus in the plant bug family Miridae. Species of this genus specialize in feeding on delphacid planthopper eggs. Delphacidae are especially destructive to monocot crops such as sugarcanes. The species T. mundulus (Breddin) was introduced to Hawaii in early 20th century and successfully controlled the sugarcane delphacid, Perkinsiella saccaricida Kirkaldy. This represents one of the classic examples of successful biological control.
Thomas Henry, a research entomologist at the USDA/Smithsonian Institution, has recently published a 114-page monograph of the revision of the genus Tytthus in the journal Zookeys. Here is a nice drawing of a new species, Tytthus wheeleri, described in this work. Below also find the paper. Enjoy!
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