Piesma maculatum Laporte de Castelnau Spinach beet bug

This bug is distinguished from the previous species by the presence of just two longitudinal ridges on the pronotum; adults are also slightly smaller (up to 2.8mm long). Eggs are laid in the spring on both sides of expanded leaves and also on the petioles. The nymphs develop rapidly, producing pale feeding marks on infested tissue and causing noticeable leaf curling. There is one main generation each year but, in favourable areas, at least a partial second. Although associated with beet crops in various parts of Europe, including East Anglia and other parts of the British Isles, this species is not a vector of beet leaf crinkle virus.

Family MIRIDAE (capsid bugs)

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