four-lined plant bug

(Poecilocapsus lineatus)

Conservation Status
four-lined plant bug
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

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Description
 
 

Four-lined plant bug is a small, soft-bodied, colorful, true bug. It is considered a pest due to the damage it causes to ornamental plants in the mint (Lamiaceae) and aster (Asteraceae) families.

The body is elongated, soft, ¼ to 5 16 long, wide, and mostly bright yellow, light green, or yellowish-green. There are four jet black longitudinal lines on the thoracic shield (pronotum) and the leathery wing covers (hemelytra), and a small black dot near the end (apex) of each hemelytron.

The head is orange. The compound eyes are prominent and dark reddish-brown. There are no simple eyes (occeli). The antennae are long and conspicuous, much longer than the head.

The female is very similar in appearance but slightly larger and broader.

The nymphs pass through five stages (instars). The first four instars are bright red. They have jet black wing pads, each with one white stripe, the pads and stripe elongating with each consecutive instar. The fifth instar is bright orange.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: ¼ to 5 16

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Meadows, gardens, agricultural fields, and around homes

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One generation per year: May to July

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

Leaf damage appears as small, 1 16 or less in diameter, light or dark spots on the leaf surface. The color of the spot varies with the species of the host plant. The spots are collapsed leaf tissue which eventually falls out leaving small holes. Larvae cause more leaf damage than adults.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

The female deposits masses of eggs in soft tissues of stems of host plants. The eggs overwinter in the stem

 
     
 

Nymph Food

 
 

Leaves of plants, especially those in the mint (Lamiaceae) and aster (Asteraceae) families.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Leaves of plants, especially those in the mint (Lamiaceae) and aster (Asteraceae) families.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
  2/2/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Hemiptera (true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies)  
 

Suborder

Heteroptera (true bugs)  
 

Infraorder

Cimicomorpha (thaumastocorid bugs)  
 

Superfamily

Reduvioidea  
 

Family

Miridae (jumping tree bugs, leaf bugs, and plant bugs)  
 

Subfamily

Mirinae  
 

Tribe

Mirini  
 

Genus

Poecilocapsus  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Lygaeus lineatus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

fourlined plant bug

four-lined plant bug

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Hemelytron

The forewing of true bugs (Order Hemiptera), thickened at the base and membranous at the tip. Plural: hemelytra.

 

Instar

The developmental stage of arthropods between each molt; in insects, the developmental stage of the larvae or nymph.

 

Ocellus

Simple eye; an eye with a single lens. Plural: ocelli.

 

Pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Published on Jun 9, 2010

Last year I didn't see any four lined plant bugs...this year I see many! They love to snack on Forsythia leaves. Beautiful little ones. You can see the 'straw' they use to suck the juices out of the leaves. Yum Yum Yum!

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Published on May 18, 2016

Tiny red nymphs soon grow into adults like this gravid female fourlined plant bug.

   
       
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Published on Jun 8, 2010

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (08 June 2010).

   
       
  Four-lined Plant Bug (Poecilocapsus lineatus) - Observation
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Published on May 14, 2017

Four-lined Plant Bug (Poecilocapsus lineatus)

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Video 30 sec long 100% speed - Audio none

Cabarrus County, North Carolina, United States

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