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Genus Lygus - Lygus Bugs

Plant Bug, possibly Lygus lineolaris - Lygus - Lygus Lygus ID - Lygus shulli Lygus lineolaris? - Lygus lineolaris Unknown 'Bug' - Lygus Plant Bug (Lygus?) - Lygus Lygus cf. rugulipennis? - Lygus Lygus sp.? - Lygus Lygus lineolaris
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 Lygus (Lygus Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Lygus Hahn 1833
Numbers
31 spp. in our area(1) after some were moved to Henrylygus and Nonlygus; >180 total(2)
Identification
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)
Habitat
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; color patterns can be very variable, with seasonal morphs