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Tarnished Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis
Tarnished Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis


Lygus pratensis
Lygus pratensis belong to the family capsid bugs (Miridae). They are widespread in Europe, North Africa, North America and Asia.
Bugs - Lygus pratensis - Tarnished Plant Bug
Bugs - Lygus pratensis - Tarnished Plant Bug
Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis
Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis
Lygus pratensis live in forests, gardens and parks. They suck nectar from various plants and fruit trees. They prefer various herbaceous plants for their plant juices or nectar.
Tarnished Plant Bug - Side view
Tarnished Plant Bug - Side view
In May or June, the females lay their eggs, often in flower buds. The larvae are roundish in shape and in the initial larval stages live socially with other larvae. They feed in the same way as the adults. By July, the next generation has already reached maturity. In southernCentral Europe, Lygus pratensis reproduce twice a year. The adults overwinter in moss, leaf litter or under tree bark.

Ichneumon wasps (Ichneumonidae) are the primary natural enemies of Lygus pratensis.
Tarnished Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis - Abdominal
Tarnished Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis - Abdominal


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1. Tarnished Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis
2. Bugs - Lygus pratensis - Tarnished Plant Bug
3. Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis
4. Tarnished Plant Bug - Side view
5. Tarnished Plant Bug - Lygus pratensis - Abdominal
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