Submitted to: Midsouth Entomologist
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/24/2014
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Citation: Parys, K.A. 2014. Current scientific literature on tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois) ecology in Mississippi, and critical information needs. Midsouth Entomologist. 7(2):64-69.
Interpretive Summary: The tarnished plant bug is a common pest of cotton across Mississippi and across the mid-south. It feeds on a wide variety of plants, including common crops, weeds, and other cultivated plants. Understanding the ecology of this pest and influences the surrounding habitats have on populations are essential to forming an effective control strategy.
Technical Abstract: Understanding the basic ecological patterns of the tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois), is required for implementing a successful integrated pest management program. As the primary pest of cotton in Mississippi and across the mid-south, L. lineolaris is a highly polyphagous mirid that moves between host plants throughout the year. Most of the major crops grown in this area, as well as many common weeds, are considered host plants and contribute to the population.