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Genus Lygus - Lygus Bugs

Bug ID? - Lygus Plant Bug - Lygus Pale Legume Bug? - Lygus elisus Bug - Lygus lineolaris Lygus Lygus Bug Nymph - Lygus White-spotted plant bug - Lygus lineolaris Tarnished Plant Bug - Lygus lineolaris
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 Lygus (Lygus Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Lygus Hahn 1833
31 spp. in our area(1) after some were moved to Henrylygus and Nonlygus; >180 total(2)
Adult: body either mottled or solid color varying from pale green to reddish-brown or black with pale Y or V shape on scutellum; antennae and legs relatively long
Nymph: young nymphs are pale green and wingless or have tiny wing buds that grow with age; older nymphs take on more adult coloration and develop 5 black dorsal spots (2 pairs straddling the midline of the thorax, and 1 spot on the midline of the abdomen)

key to some species in(3)
fields, ground cover or low shrubs in deciduous woodlands
Life Cycle
overwinters as an adult under fallen leaves or other ground cover; one generation per year in the far north; several generations in the south