Apolygus lucorum

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Apolygus lucorum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: James K. Lindsey
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Apolygus lucorum (Meyer-Dür, 1843)

This capsid bug is polyphagous and found in Europe and Asia. In Europe it is common on various weeds. In China it has become a serious pest of cotton after the introduction of Bt cultivars, causing outbreaks. The resulting yield losses can reach 20-30%.

It feeds on the cotton squares, bolls and other parts of the plant, causing abortion of the bolls, stunting and malformations. It may also attack many other crops, including Vigna radiata, Helianthus annuus, Ocimum basilicum, other vegetables, fruit trees or tea. The adults switch food plants according to the flowering stage of the plants. Further, it might feed on insects like eggs of Lepidoptera.

Synonyms:
Lygocoris lucorum
Lygus lucorum