Tarnished Plant Bug

The tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae), is found in agricultural and disturbed areas throughout the United States. It has one of the broadest host ranges of any insect pest, feeding on 385 plants, 75 of which are economically important crops.  Tarnished plant bug has reached key economic pest status in several crops, including strawberry and cotton, and can be responsible for significantly reducing yields in apple.


Tarnished plant bug adult (Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org )