plant bug

(Neolygus spp.)

Overview
plant bug (Neolygus sp.)
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Neolygus is a large genus of plant bugs. There are at least 110 described Neolygus species worldwide, about 40 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 15 species in Minnesota. Most species inhabit deciduous trees or shrubs, though a few are associated with conifers. Several are significant agricultural pests of fruit crops.

 
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Neolygus species are moderate-sized, oval to elongated-oval, soft-bodied, true bugs. The background color may be green or brown. The antennae have four segments. The second segment is very long, longer than the pronotum is wide at the base. The fourth segment (tibia) of each leg is armed with numerous small spines. Each spine rises from a black spot.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

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Sources

24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
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Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Hemiptera (true bugs, hoppers, aphids and allies)  
 

Suborder

Heteroptera (true bugs)  
 

Infraorder

Cimicomorpha (cimicomorph bugs)  
 

Superfamily

Miroidea  
 

Family

Miridae (plant bugs)  
 

Subfamily

Mirinae  
 

Tribe

Mirini  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

apple red bug (Neolygus mendax)

pear plant bug (Neolygus communis)

plant bug (Neolygus alni)

plant bug (Neolygus atritylus)

plant bug (Neolygus belfragii)

plant bug (Neolygus canadensis)

plant bug (Neolygus caryae)

plant bug (Neolygus hirticulus)

plant bug (Neolygus inconspicuus)

plant bug (Neolygus invitus)

plant bug (Neolygus omnivagus)

plant bug (Neolygus quercalbae)

plant bug (Neolygus semivittatus)

plant bug (Neolygus tiliae)

plant bug (Neolygus viburni)

plant bug (Neolygus vitticollis)

tarnished plant bug (Neolygus lineolaris)

 
       
 

Species in this genus were originally placed in the genus Lygus in 1917. They were subgroup Neolygusof Group VI (communis group). In 1952 Neolygus was raised to subgenus status. In 1963 most Lygus species were transferred to the genus Lygocoris. In 2002 all of the subgenera were raised to species level, leaving just two species in Lygocoris.

 
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

This genus has no common name. The common name of the family Miridae is plant bugs, and is applied here for convenience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Tibia

The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot). The fifth segment of a spider leg or palp.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  Alfredo Colon
8/4/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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