Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

The Seed Elm Bug is Now in Utah

But it is not expected to be a major pest in Our State

Arocatus melanocephalus, commonly known as the Elm Seed Bug, is originally from Europe. They were found in Idaho in 2012 and they have now made their way to Utah. As the name suggests, this insect feeds of the fruit and seeds of elm trees. USDA APHIS does not expect elm seed bug to become a major pest because it is unlikely that they will cause any significant damage to elm trees. These insects are members of the order Hemiptera, They have elongated dark bodies, triangular heads and reddish brown markings about the wings.

 

For more information visit the Cooperative Agricultural Survey website at http://utahpests.usu.edu/htm/utah-pests-news/up-fall-2012-newsletter/caps-update-elm-seed-bug/