Black and Yellow Striped Bug
May 29, 2010
I found this in my backyard while clearing some weeds. I thought it might be a leaf beetle.
One half hour North of Lexington VA
We quickly identified your Plant Bug in the family Miridae as a Four Lined Plant Bug by using the browse feature on BugGuide. The species if found in the Eastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada, and according to BugGuide: “nymphs and adults feed preferentially on members of the mint family (wild mint, catnip, peppermint, spearmint, hyssop, oregano) but will attack a variety of wild plants (thistle, dandelion, burdock, tansy, loosestrife, sumac) as well as cultivated flowers (carnation, geranium, chrysanthemum, snapdragon, phlox) and crops (alfalfa, ginger, currant, raspberry, cucumber, lettuce, pea, potato, radish, squash).“