This species is also called Taylorilygus pallidulus.
The adult mirid bug is usually a pale green but can be tan with brown on its outer wings and brown flecks on the inner wings. The wings bend downwards, making it look like it has a “broken back”.
The crop mirid is very similar in body shape but is a darker brown.
The nymphs are identical to the black headed mirid except that the eyes are white rather than black.
Adult size: 4-5mm
Out and about
Adults are about in spring and summer. This bug is spread throughout Europe, Asia, Africa USA, New Zealand and Australia. In Australia it is found in mainly in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
Reproduction and Life cycle
The adults spend winter in weeds and come out in spring to lay their eggs. In favourable conditions there can be 3-4 generations in the season.
Plants to repel
Plants to attract
Why they are both Beneficial & Pest
The adults and nymphs both prey on caterpillar eggs and small larvae (good), but will also feed on bean flowers and pods and can transmit diseases (bad).
Nymphs feed on the plant on which they have hatched.
They will easily transfer from the host weeds to adjacent crops.