Scouting for pests: Four-lined plant bug
Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included
Note: Four-lined plant bug is a common pest this time of year. Raymond Cloyd of Kansas State University wrote this information as part of the field guide A Pocket Guide for IPM Scouting in Herbaceous Perennials. To order, call 517-353-6740.
Four-lined plant bug nymphs and adults move very rapidly when disturbed. Young nymphs are red-orange with black markings on the thorax.
Four-lined plant bug feeds on a wide variety of herbaceous perennials. It overwinters in the egg stage.
Management: Remove weeds and plant debris from adjacent areas. Contact insecticides may be applied when nymphs and adults are present