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Apple red bug

Lygidea mendax Reuter
Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae

Adult has head and thorax bright red in color with brown wings (A).


Most fruit-growing states and provinces in eastern North America.


Attacks apple and pear. The nymph of the apple red bug stings the fruit, causing the appearance of a sap droplet. The damage develops into brownish, rough flat scars (B) on the apple.

Similar Species

The tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris) can be distinguished by its coloration, particularly its cream-colored scutellum. Contrast also with apple brown bug (Atractotomus mali); pear plant bug or green apple bug [Lygocoris communis (Knight)] and hawthorn dark bug (Heterocordylus malinus Reuter).


Application of broad-spectrum insecticides, if necessary, soon after petal fall (seldom required).

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