Deroplax silphoides (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae): A new plant pest in Israel


  • Tanya Novoselsky The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. E-mail:
  • David G. Furth Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA. E-mail:
  • Joseph E. Eger, Jr. Dow AgroSciences LLC, 2606 S. Dundee St., Tampa, FL 33629 USA. E-mail:
  • Yoram Zvik Ben Gurion University of the Negev, POB 653, Be'er Sheva', 84105 Israel. E-mail:


Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Scutelleridae, bugs, jewel bugs, shield bugs, ornamental plants, pests, pest species, plant pests, biology, life history, Israel, Middle East


This is the first report of the invasive scutellerid bug Deroplax silphoides (Thunberg, 1783) from Israel. The species is a pest of ornamental plants, whose immature stages and life history were previously unknown. Information on its nymphs, life history and distribution is provided and its association with Dodonaea viscosa (Sapindaceae) is reported for the first time.


Cite as: Novoselsky, T., Furth, D.G., Eger, J.E., Jr & Zvik, Y. 2015. Deroplax silphoides (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae): A new plant pest in Israel. Israel Journal of Entomology 44–45: 5–12.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.30534

Adult male of Deroplax silphoides.