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Tarnished plant bug
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of MN Tarnished plant bug
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, Univ. of MN

Tarnished plant bug
Lygus lineolaris
Size: 1/16 - 1/4 inch long

Where/When: Feeds on strawberry, apple, potato, and other fruits and vegetables, as well as ornamental plants. Active from April through September.

Significance: Feeding may cause abnormal growth of the fruit (catfacing) or plant and death of young flowers, seedlings, or fruits.
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