Mirid Plant Bug
( Lygus sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Lygus sp.
(Hahn, 1833)
Common Name:Mirid Plant Bug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Miridae
Genus:Lygus
Taxon Code:HET01123
ITIS TSN#:104978

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Black Diamond Mines Regional Pre, 5175 Somersville Rd., Antioch
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB060700
Park/Forest:Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

RECOGNITION
Adult: body either mottled or solid color varying from pale green to reddish-brown or black with pale Y or V shape on scutellum; antennae and legs relatively long. Nymph: young nymphs are pale green and wingless or have tiny wing buds that grow with age; older nymphs take on more adult coloration and develop 5 black dorsal spots (2 pairs straddling the midline of the thorax, and 1 spot on the midline of the abdomen).

BIOLOGY
Habitat
Fields, ground cover or low shrubs in deciduous woodlands.
Active Period
Spring through fall.
Development
Overwinters as an adult under fallen leaves or other ground cover; one generation per year in the far north; several generations in the south.

HABITAT
Fields, ground cover or low shrubs in deciduous woodlands.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#104978


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