Heliconia Bug Leptoscelis tricolor Westwood (EENY511/IN914)

Figure 6. Adult heliconia bugs, Leptoscelis tricolor Westwood, copulating. The female is in the foreground. Note that females nearly always feed while mating.Though not found in Florida, this insect has been used to examine insect behavior, sexual selection, plant-insect interactions, and color variation. Learn more in this 4-page fact sheet was written by Christine W. Miller, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, December2011.