European Tarnished Plant Bug (Funnel Trap) (Lygus rugulipennis)
Sp. Name: Lygus rugulipennis (Family: Miridae) European Tarnished Plant Bug (ETPB)
Identification: ETPB is 5.0 – 6.0mm long, broad bodied, dark brown/red – black in colour, usually with a white ‘V’ shaped mark behind its’ head. Adults are capable of flight, nymphs which are green with small spots on the back, are wingless.
Pest Status and Damage: A sporadic pest of many fruit crops and glasshouse salad crops including strawberry, raspberry, cucumber, and pepper. ETPB feed by puncturing plant tissues and sucking sap causing deformation of fruits and shoots and stunting of new growth. Damage may occur any time from May – September.
Trapping Season: The traps should be in place from May, when the first generation of adults normally appear, and maintained until the end of the season (May-October). It should be noted that the exact time of insect emergence will vary with location and season. In protected crops ETPB may occur earlier.