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Offline JD

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Need help identifying garden insect
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:00:08 AM »
Since there is a garden thread, I'm hoping someone can help me identify what I believe is eating my plant.  I've been looking through Google images and nothing seems to match, although it sort of resembles a stink bug.

As a point of reference, that leaf is probably the size of a normal fully developed basil leaf.

Any ideas?
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 08:22:25 AM »
Josh,

What plant is this from your garden?

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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 08:38:25 AM »
Looks like a stink bug or a big eyed bug. Both eat caterpillar's which could have been eating your leaves.

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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 08:55:21 AM »
Looks like a stink bug or a big eyed bug. Both eat caterpillar's which could have been eating your leaves.

I second this, looks like a stink bug to me.

Is it getting cold where you are? I know in the fall/winter at my girlfriend's last apartment we had a problem with them when it got colder, might want to keep an eye if you see an increase of them.
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 08:58:25 AM »
Josh,

What plant is this from your garden?

Mary Ann

It is actually a young sweet olive bush in the front yard (not the olives you eat, but landscape shrub).


Looks like a stink bug or a big eyed bug. Both eat caterpillar's which could have been eating your leaves.

That's a good point. They move pretty quickly like they are looking for something to eat, so I bet you're right. I just wish I knew for certain whether they were beneficial or not.

I second this, looks like a stink bug to me.

Is it getting cold where you are? I know in the fall/winter at my girlfriend's last apartment we had a problem with them when it got colder, might want to keep an eye if you see an increase of them.

It's "cold" at night, in the low 60's. What problem(s) did they cause? I'm not sure if I should keep them around or not.
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2013, 09:09:49 AM »
Lygus bug.
They have a telltale triangle on their shoulders.
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2013, 09:25:47 AM »
Lygus bug.
They have a telltale triangle on their shoulders.
Leaf sucking POS bug. Kill'em all.

The colors are off from what I see in pictures... on the Lygus bug, the wings are dark in color. My picture the wings are an orange color. They actually look gold in real life but the camera shows it as orange. Think it could still be a Lygus?
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2013, 09:52:16 AM »
Look at that first link I gave. May be a younger one as it shows them in different stages
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2013, 09:53:44 AM »
Also bugs will shade differently depending on what they've been eating. Looks like the landmarks and markings are pretty similar.
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2013, 10:16:14 AM »
Lygus bug.
They have a telltale triangle on their shoulders.
Leaf sucking POS bug. Kill'em all.

I don't know what it is, but I don't think it's a lygus. The triangle on the shoulders (scutellum) is not a distinctive morphology, and there is the absence of the variegated laterotergites seen in JD's picture.
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2013, 11:11:02 AM »
I'm leaning back towards Stink because of the "V" marks on the side.

http://www.animalpictures123.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Marmorated-Stink-Bug.jpg
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2013, 02:39:04 PM »
It is actually a young sweet olive bush in the front yard (not the olives you eat, but landscape shrub).


That's a good point. They move pretty quickly like they are looking for something to eat, so I bet you're right. I just wish I knew for certain whether they were beneficial or not.

It's "cold" at night, in the low 60's. What problem(s) did they cause? I'm not sure if I should keep them around or not.


They didn't bother us (at least not myself, my girlfriend on the other hand hates anything that buzzes) but then again we didn't have many plants inside. To be honest the cat did more damage to the plants more than any bug I noticed, but your mileage may vary. I say squash em!
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Re: Need help identifying garden insect
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2013, 07:30:10 PM »
 Well its not a stink bug... Didn't stink when squished

Suppose its a lygus after all
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