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Subject: not sure of this bug
Location: Missouri, US
May 14, 2015 12:27 am
while pulling weeds I found this little fella
I honestly don’t even know where to begin with an identification
I cropped the first pic and the second I left the same for size comparison
Signature: Stolz

Four Lined Plant Bug

Four Lined Plant Bug

Dear Stolz,
This is a Four Lined Plant Bug,
Poecilocapsus lineatus, 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).”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Missouri

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