Leptocoris mutilatus (Gerstaecker 1873)
Range: Central and eastern Africa; Madagascar
Hosts: Cardiospermum corindum, Cardiospermum grandiflorum
Physical description: About 11 to 16 mm in length. Scarlet red or reddish orange with black membrane; scutellum may be completely black, completely red, or red outlined in black. Corium, clavus, and pronotum may have a greenish tint but always lack black undertones. Pronotum is relatively long and slender; it also has a distinct longitudinal ridge that passes through the center and becomes finer posteriorly. Ventral side is red, including the coxae. Appendages are brownish black.
May resemble: L. chevreuxi (lighter in color) and L. hexophthalmus (less red in color, has black or dark brown undertones)
Red markers = locations of collection sites
Blue region(s) of land = inferred range
3/4 inch = 1000 miles
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- Göllner-Scheiding, U. (1980): Revision der afrikanischen Arten sowie Bemerkungen zu weiteren Arten der Gattungen Leptocoris Hahn, 1833, und Boisea Kirkaldy, 1910. Dtsch. ent. Z., N.F. 27, 103-148. (English translation)
- Göllner-Scheiding, U. (1983): General-Katalog der Familie Rhopalidae (Heteroptera). Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin 59, 37-189.