Podsucking bug species

Quite a few species are grouped under the gener­ic term ‘pod­suck­ing bugs’, but not all have the same impact on the crop.  Pho­tographs of the more com­mon species at var­i­ous stages of devel­op­ment are pro­vid­ed below to assist with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Green vegetable bug Nezara viridula

Redbanded shield bug  Piezodorus oceanicus

Green stink bug Plautia affinis

Brown stink bug Dictyotus caenosus

Small brown bean bug Melanacanthus scutellaris

Large brown bean bug Riptortus serripes

Pho­tographs pro­vid­ed by Joe Wes­sels and Hugh Brier.