“Luigi” - the jungle bug

By Marco Peña, UA Research Specialist

Have you seen all life stages of the Bagrada bug?

We followed the life of a male Bagrada Bug we called ‘Luigi” starting at the egg stage. We witnessed his eclosion (hatching) at the Yuma Agricultural Center.

We also captured on video his sclerotization which is when the cuticle of an insect is hardened by chemical agents and changes in color. When Luigi became an adult we introduced him to Luciana, a beautiful Bagrada female from Holtville, Calif.

Watch the biographical account of Luigi's life in the video: Luigi, The Jungle Bug.

Contact Peña: (928) 782-3836 or marcop@ag.arizona.edu.  

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