Animal Species:Green Vegetable Bug

A member of the stink bug or shield bug family, the Green Vegetable Bug is an introduced insect that can be a serious pest.

Green Vegetable Bug on leaf

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Standard Common Name

Green Vegetable Bug

Size range

1.5 cm

Distribution

The Green Vegetable Bug is widespread across Australia.

Habitat

The Green Vegetable Bug lives in urban and agricultural areas.

Feeding and Diet

The Green Vegetable Bug feeds on a wide range of plants including field crops, vegetables and garden plants. It generally pierces the fruiting parts of plants and sucks out the juices. In some plants, such as sunflowers, Green Vegetable Bugs feed at the stem below the developing flowers, making them wilt or grow malformed.

Predators, Parasites and Diseases

A number of strategies exist for dealing with this pest, but one of the more successful measures involves biological control. A parasitoid wasp (see Wasps) Trissolcus basalis was introduced initially in the 1930s and has proved an effective parasite of the Green Vegetable Bug.

Classification

Species:
viridula
Genus:
Nezara
Subfamily:
Pentatominae
Family:
Pentatomidae
Superfamily:
Pentatomoidea
Infraorder:
Pentatomomorpha
Suborder:
Heteroptera
Order:
Hemiptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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