Alydidae

These bugs are similar in appearance to coreids, but the head is broad and nearly as long as the pronotum. They have large metathoracic scent glands and the adults and nymphs produce a strong and offensive odor when handled.

Alydus spp. Alydus spp. have been reported entering houses in large numbers from nearby fields of groundsel (Senecio) in southeastern USA. Nymphs of these broad-headed bugs are slender and resemble ants; adults in the field resemble spider wasps (Pompilidae) in their shape and behavior. Alydus pilosulus feeds on several legumes, and soybean is a preferred host. This species occurs throughout the USA.

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