These bugs are all over my tomato plant.

by Nancy Ward
(Friendswood, Texas USA)



What are they called and are they "friend" or "foe"?

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Jun 12, 2012
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I vote for foe
by: Anonymous

They are nymphs (juvenile forms) of a Heteropteran, which is to say a true bug; used to call them Hemipterans. Frankly, I still do

antenna shape suggests a mirid, a leaf bug. Even when adult, they're quite small but they can drain off a lot of plant juice.

Malathion does the trick, but you can also swab them with an alcohol-laden Qtip

Jun 10, 2012
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Same insects in San Leon, TX
by: Marie

I, too, have these insects all over my tomatoes this year! They bite the ripening tomatoes all over, sucking out the juice, making them hard. I thought they were stink bugs, but noticed they did not match pics.

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