London (change)
Today 28°C / 18°C
Tomorrow 26°C / 17°C
12 messages
28/08/2013 at 17:09

Over the past couple of days I've noticed some flat green bugs on my tomatoes (grown outside) I've done a little research and I think they could be Green Stink Bugs. I've only seen them on 1 particular tomato.

Are they good bugs or bad?

Is the friut still ok to eat?  

28/08/2013 at 17:21

lots of flat green things about, how about a picture

28/08/2013 at 17:54

Sounds like greenfly?? Could it be that simple? If so, spray with NON systemic insecticide.

28/08/2013 at 18:02

just looked up green stink bug and it's a sheild bug. Different scale altogether. a pic would tell us for sure

28/08/2013 at 18:05

Are they a sort of shield shape and quite a size? If so, there are dozens of different insects called shield bugs. They all have a favourite host plant but will take a stab (literally) at anything if they are desperate.

They aren't what you would call bad because they are usually only found singly and one bug can't really do a lot of damage. They usually make the part of the plant they have   sucked the sap from look a bit deformed.

Yes, the tomatoes are fine to eat.

28/08/2013 at 19:18

Here are a couple of photos of the bugs to help with identification. Thank you

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30051.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30052.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

28/08/2013 at 19:29

Shield bugs - almost certainly the common green (Palomena prasina), at their 5th larval stage (known as the 5th instar.)  Fascinating creatures:

http://www.bugsandweeds.co.uk/bugs.html

 

28/08/2013 at 20:57

that's a nice site Bob, I've bookmarked it

28/08/2013 at 21:08

We like shield bugs - sight of one in the garden causes great excitement 

I've bookmarked that site too and sent it to OH 

29/08/2013 at 07:57

Ok thank you...they can stay then 

29/08/2013 at 08:05

Great site Bob! When she was little, oldest daughter used to love holding the little green shield bugs we get here . Now I know why it took her so long to walk home from school. 

29/08/2013 at 10:06

Are they edible? They look to be rich in protein!!

email image
12 messages