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.