Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Green vegetable bug (098)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide distribution. Tropical, sub-tropical and temperate countries. On brassicas, capsicum, cucumber and other cucurbits, and legumes, including yard long beans. It is also a pest of tomato. Many other plants, including weeds.
  • A stink bug (15 mm), when disturbed they smell! Nymphs back becoming spotted in rows, and increasingly green. Adults fully green.
  • The bugs suck sap from flower buds, fruits and seeds of many vegetables, food legumes (yard-long beans), fruits (tomatoes), and weeds. The bugs are strong flyers.
  • Natural enemies: few; possibly natural enemies.
  • Cultural control: avoid planting near older infected crops; weed; use trap crops, e.g., rattle pod, Crotalaria.
  • Chemical control: PDPs: derris, pyrethrum, chilli, possibly neem; alternatively, use synthetic pyrethroids, but these are likely to kill natural enemies (mostly ants).

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