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Common Green Capsid
Common Green Capsid

Common green capsid
The common green capsid (Lygocoris pabulinus) is an insect in the order true bugs (Hemiptera), the suborder typical bugs (Heteroptera), and the family capsid bugs (Miridae). It is widespread in Europe, North America and Asia.
Adult common green capsid reach body lengths of 5 - 7 mm. They are bright green and are covered in fine, white hair. Their antennae are remarkably long. The upper surface of the pronotum is slightly rough with some indentations. On the wing membranes, green veins are visible. The tibia have light brown spines.
The common green capsid prefers shady, moist habitats. It feeds on herbaceous plants, woody plants and crops. Some examples of food plants are: nettles, sorrel, berries, beets and potatoes. The eggs of the common green capsid overwinter in the bark of 1-2 year old woody plant shoots (eg blackberry). They are 1. 3 mm in length, are cream-coloured, slightly curved and shiny.
From April on, the larvae hatch. First they suck juice from the fresh leaves and the shoots of their host plants. The larvae (nymphs) are light green to deep green in colour and have orange-spotted antennae. In the 2nd to 4th larval stage, they swop over to herbaceous plants (potatoes, beets, strawberries, etc. ).
4 to 5 weeks after hatching, the development of the nymphs is complete. The winged juvenile bugs mate very quickly. Egg laying by the first new generation occurs in late June / early July singly in the leaf tissue of herbaceous plants. The nymphs hatch in midsummer. The specimens of the second annual generation during September turn over to the winter host plants. As adults, they for overwintering lay their eggs in the bark tissue of their host plants and the first new generation hatch the following year.

Lygocoris (Lygocoris) pabulinus
Common namesCommon Green Capsid, Common Green Capsid Bug
German namesGrüne Futterwanze
Danish namesHavetæge
Finnish namesTarhaherttalude, Tarhalude
Norwegian namesHagetege
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1761

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland)), West Europe (Austria, France, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia)
Far East (East Asia (Taiwan, Japan)), North Asia
North America
Canada, USA

Ecozones: Nearctic

CountriesAustria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, USA, United Kingdom
Taxonomic statusSynonymus of Apolygus lucorum
Links and ReferencesLygocoris pabulinus in
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Lygocoris pabulinus in Wikipedia (English)

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Common Green Capsid, Common Green Capsid Bug
AuthorLinnaeus, 1761
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