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Subject:  What is on my woody plant?
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
August 2, 2017 9:21 pm
Dear Bugman,
I just noticed this green bug on my woody plant, and I didn’t see any other ones, so I left it, but I am getting a sinking feeling that that might have been a mistake.  So tell me What’s That Bug on my Woody Plant?
Signature:  Constant Gardener

True Bug Nymph

Dear Constant Gardener,
This is an immature True Bug, and nymphs can be very difficult to identify as many publications only provide images of adult specimens.  The incredibly long antennae lead us to believe that this is probably a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, and that is supported by the images posted to the Natural History of Orange County website.  Your nymph really resembles this BugGuide image identified as being in the genus
Neurocolpus.  According to BugGuide:  “Associated with various plants, including Buttonbush, Basswood; adults visit flowers.”  This BugGuide image identified as Cephalanthus occidentalis is another possibility, and according to BugGuide:  “Apparently predacious on small arthropods”  which would mean it is a beneficial insect on your woody plant.  Though you did not intervene in its existence in any way, we are none-the-less tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award because you waited for an identification rather than acting rashly by killing things you don’t know. While we cannot with any certainty provide you with a species name, we are still confident we have the family correct.  Perhaps when this little guy matures, you can submit another image and we can provide a more conclusive identification.

True Bug Nymph

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Subject: Very colorful bug…
Location: Eastern Kentucky
July 10, 2017 10:58 pm
I ran across this tiny guy in my yard tonight. I’ve never seen one before and googling hasn’t provided me any answers. Help?
Signature: Jennifer

Plant Bug:  Phytocoris species

Dear Jennifer,
We are nearly certain that this is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, however an exact species identification has eluded us.  We could not find a matching image on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Eric Eaton Responds
Daniel:
You are correct, it is a mirid plant bug.  Genus is Phytocoris, but getting to species is almost impossible from images alone.  Great photo and bug!
I see Art helped on the beetle ID….
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

According to BugGuide:  “one of the largest and most complex of NA mirid genera.”
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Subject: trouble IDing an insect
Location: Montgomery County, IN
July 7, 2017 11:06 pm
I found this insect on my car two years ago in July, late in the evening. I was parked near the shelter which is close to Sugar Creek. I checked a few field guides and couldn’t find a match.
Signature: Warren

Plant Bug

Dear Warren,
We were pretty certain you submitted an image of a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, and when we researched that, we found a very similar image identified only as
Lopidea on the Heteroptera of Goodwell and Texhoma Texas County, Oklahoma site on the Family Miridae page.  That genus is represented on BugGuide, but we are not comfortable taking the identification to the species level.  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “Some common species are black with extensive red on the edges of the wings and/or pronotum. Well-defined suture on cheeks running from antennal socket to below eyes and frequently outlined by a dark stripe.”

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Subject: Unknown Insect
Location: Lincolnshire, England
July 23, 2016 7:01 am
This landed on my arm. I have no idea what is neither do the people on Reddit. It’s roughly half an inch big, I’m in Lincolnshire, England. It’s fully intact and it has wings. Help me indenting this.
Signature: Elliot Cutts

Possibly Unknown True Bug

Olympic Bug

Dear Elliot,
We might even be more confused about this critter’s identity than you are.  At first glance, we thought perhaps we were seeing a headless mantid because of the raptorial front legs, until we realized those were the antennae and there were three complete sets of green legs.  The antennae seem to be the best clue in your image for identification purposes, and our best guess at this time is that this might be a member of the True Bug suborder Heteroptera because according to BugGuide, True Bugs can be identified by:  “Antennae, when not hidden, have 4-5 segments.”  Also, some True Bugs have modified antennae like this North American Giant Mesquite Bug.  We have not had any luck locating anything remotely similar looking on the British Bugs Heteroptera page, nor have we had any luck locating anything similar looking on UK Safari.  It is possible we missed something, but we can’t help but to wonder if perhaps this is a recently introduced species, or an exotic rogue that just happened to have found its way to your arm. We have sought some professional assistance, and perhaps our readership will write in with suggestions.

Eric Eaton identifies Olympic Bug
Hi, Daniel:
I think it *is* native.  It is the “Olympic Bug,” Heterotoma planicornis, a type of mirid plant bug.  Here’s more about it:
http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Miridae/heterotoma_planicornis.html
Cool critter, thanks for sharing!
Eric

According to British Bugs:  “The broad and flattened 2nd antennal segment, dark ground colour and contrasting greenish legs make this species unmistakeable.   Abundant throughout most of Britain on various plants and trees, in particular nettles. Both adults and the reddish nymphs feed on small insects as well as plant buds and unripe fruits.”

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Subject: Red bugs!
Location: Michigan
June 6, 2016 5:51 pm
Hi Bugman. Found these in my garden. June 6.. They are devouring my butterfly bush and asters. What are they?
Signature: MiGardener

Four Lined Plant Bugs

Four Lined Plant Bugs

Dear MiGardener,
You have both winged adults, and flightless, red nymphs of the Four Lined Plant Bug,
Poecilocapsus lineatus.  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).” 

Four Lined Plant Bugs

Four Lined Plant Bugs

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Subject: Insect
Location: San Diego, CA
May 29, 2016 10:10 am
I found this insect a few weeks ago and I can’t figure out what it is!
Signature: Elijah

Plant Bug:  Closterocoris amoenus

Plant Bug: Closterocoris amoenus

Dear Elijah,
Thanks to the Arthropods of Orange County site, we were able to identify your Plant Bug in the family Miridae as
Closterocoris amoenus.  According to BugGuide, the species name means “pretty.”

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