|Berytidae ~ Stilt Bugs|
Stilt bugs are very small, about 7 mm in length, and so slender that it is hard to see their antennae and legs. The antennae have thick tips, which appear to hover over the insect. Adults are winged and can fly, but rarely do. If disturbed, they usually just scoot around to the underside of a leaf or petal. These are plant feeders and the species I've seen in our area is in the genus Jalysus. It can be present in large numbers, and prefers plants in the evening primrose family, Onagraceae. I've seen them on Gaura, as well as Oenothera species, where they usually congregate on the buds.