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Host plants of the European tarnished plant bug Lygus rugulipennis Poppius (Het., Miridae)

Holopainen, J. K., Varis, Anna‐Liisa
Journal of applied entomology 1991 v.111 no.1-5 pp. 484-498
Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Cercopidae, Fabaceae, Lygus rugulipennis, Philaenus spumarius, alfalfa, crops, grains, host plants, nymphs, oviposition, potatoes, records, sugar beet, Finland, France, Poland
Literature regarding the host plants of the European tarnished plant bug (Lygus rugulipennis Poppius) is surveyed and records of some unpublished host plants are added. The recorded hosts include 437 plants from 57 families. Of these 50 host plants are classified to genus and 387 to species or subspecies level. Oviposition of L. rugulipennis or growth of its nymphs has been observed on 59 plant species. The most important host families are Brassicaceae, Asteraceae and Fabaceae. The highest total numbers of recorded host plants are from Poland, Finland and France. Damage to crop plants caused by L. rugulipennis has been most often recorded on alfalfa, clover, potato, cereals and sugarbeet. L. rugulipennis probably has the broadest documented host plant range after Philaenus spumarius (L.) (Horn., Cercopidae), which has nearly 500 documented host plant species. The distribution and attractiveness of different hosts is discussed.