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.