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Species Poecilocapsus lineatus - Four-lined Plant Bug

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Mirinae
Tribe Mirini
Genus Poecilocapsus
Species lineatus (Four-lined Plant Bug)
Explanation of Names
Poecilocapsus lineatus (Fabricius 1798)
Size
6-8 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing bright green or yellow with four black linear stripes, head is always orange, even on nymphs.
Nymph: first and second instars completely orange or red; later instars have reddish-orange abdomen and black wingpads
Range
NS-FL to SK-CA & Mexico(1)(2)(BG data)
Habitat
fields, gardens, around homes
Food
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)
Life Cycle
eggs overwinter inside stems of hostplant and hatch in spring; nymphs pass through five instars in April-May; adults appear in June, mated females insert eggs into stems of hostplant, and adults die by end of August
Works Cited
1.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.