How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Lygus bugs

Lygus bug nymphs are light green and when tiny can be confused with aphids; however, they move much faster than aphids do and have red-tipped antennae.

Lygus bug damage to fruit may sometimes be confused with stink bug damage. Lygus bugs can cause discoloration, bumps, or depressions on fruit, but without the pithy or corky and discolored areas beneath that are characteristic of stink bug damage.

Lygus bug nymph (left) and aphid nymphs
Lygus bug nymph (left) and aphid nymphs

Lygus bug damage
Lygus bug damage

Stink bug damage
Stink bug damage


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