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Extension > Garden > Diagnose a problem > What insect is this? > Garden Pests > Beetles, bugs, ants, and other insects without obvious wings - Under 1/4 inch long > Tarnished plant bug

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Tarnished plant bug (nymph)

Lygus lineolaris

Tarnished plant bug

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Tarnished plant bug

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota


Size: 1/16 - 1/4 inch long

Description: Oval-shaped and yellowish green. Black spots may be present on its abdomen.

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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