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Pacific Pests, Pathogens, Weeds & Pesticides

Green vegetable bug (098)

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  • 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).
Common Name

Green vegetable bug; green stink bug; green shield bug; southern green stink bug.

Scientific Name

Nezara viridula

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson, Mani Mua & Helen Tsatsia
Information from CABI (2017) Nezara viridula (green stick bug) Crop Protection Compendium (; and Nezara viridula (Linnaeus) Entomology & Nematology. UF/IFAS, University of Florida. (; and Waterhouse DF, Norris KR (1987) Nezara viridula (Linnaeus). Biological Control Pacific Prospects. Inkata Press; and Nezara viridula. Wikipedia. (; and from Martin NA (2018) Green vegetable bug - Nezara viridula. ( Photo 5 Cameron Prybol, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Georgia, USA.

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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