Lygus (genus)

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Lygus lineolaris on sunflower (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Russ Ottens, University of Georgia
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Lygus Hahn, 1833 - (plant bugs)

The genus contains more than 40 species of plant sucking bugs, including several important pests like the tarnished plant bug, the western plant bug and the European tarnished plant bug. The bugs feed on shoots, developing fruits, stems and leaves and attack a large variety of field crops like cotton, alfalfa, lettuce or strawberry. Damage has been mainly reported from North America and Europe.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Blattwanzen
• English: plant bugs
lygus bugs
• Español: chinche manchadora
• Français: lygus

The adults are around 5 mm long with a green or brown colouration marked with darker and lighter patches. Often there is a distinctive V-mark on the scutellum. Nymphs are mainly greenish. The morphological features of the genus include, among others, the structure of the antennae, frons and tibia.

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: