•Distribution and status: Widely distributed in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Arabia and East Africa.
•Host range: Crucifers, rice, sugarcane, indigo and coffee
•Damage caused by : Nymph & Adult
•Nymph : size 4 x 2.66 mm, black with number of brown marking. •Adult : size 3.71 x 3.33 mm, sub-ovate, black & have a number of orange or brownish spots
•Young plants wilt and wither as a result of the attack
•Adult bugs excrete resinous substances which spoils the pods
•Deep ploughing so that the eggs of painted bugs are destroyed
•Early sowing is needed to avoid pest attack •Irrigate the crop during four week after sowing to reduce pest attack
•Quick threshing of the harvested crop should be done •Burn the remains of mustard crop so that the stages of insect do not reach the next year crop
•The bugs usually congregate on the leaves and stem, which can be jerked to dislodge them and killed in kerosinised water
•Conserve bio-control agents like Alophara spp.
•Spray the crop with malathion 50 EC @1000 ml or dimethoate 30 EC @625 ml in 600-700 liter water