Definition of tarnished plant bug in English:

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tarnished plant bug

noun

Either of two brownish mirid bugs that are pests of numerous fruits, vegetables, and other crops.
  • Lygus lineolaris (in North America) and Lygus rugulipennis (in Europe).
Example sentences
  • These include the tarnished plant bug, a relative of the stink bug; the little black sap beetle and the strawberry clipper, but they usually are less troublesome on strawberries than birds and slugs or snails.
  • Also in 2002, an areawide IPM project began for tarnished plant bugs on cotton in the delta of Mississippi and Louisiana using host destruction, host-plant resistance, and remote-sensing technology.
  • The young tarnished plant bugs, called nymphs are similar to the adults except they have wing pads.

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Syllabification: tar·nished plant bug

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