Time to act:
Jun, Jul, Aug, Mar, Apr, May
Capsid bugs are sap-feeding pests. The 6mm-long adults vary in colour from green to red-brown, depending on the species. Look for the distinctive diamond shape when their wings are folded. When they feed, they release a toxic saliva that kills off tiny areas of leaf tissue, causing dead, brown patches. As the leaf grows, these areas tear causing a multitude of small holes. On apples, they leave raised bumps and scabby patches.
The uppermost leaves on plants have small, brown-ringed holes, while flower buds might never open, or do so unevenly.
Find it on
a wide range of plants, including chrysanthemums, dahlias, fuchsias, apples, beans and potatoes