Lygocoris pabulinus

Lygocoris pabulinus

''Lygocoris pabulinus'' also known as the ''common green capsid'', is a species of bug from the family Miridae which can be found throughout Europe .
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Appearance

The prothorax of those species is smooth with the whole upper surface is usually green.
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Habitat

Can be found on almost all herbaceous and woody plants, especially nettles. Females lay their eggs in the fruit trees leaves. When the eggs hatch in spring, they start feeding on gooseberries, potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables. They also can be found in the green houses sucking on peppers. It is similar to the Potato Bug. The nymphs of the species are yellowish-green coloured, and are wingless. The adult species can fly from fruit to fruit. Aside from feeding on various crops, they also feed on aphids, caterpillars, and mites.They hide under fallen leaves in winter, especially under the hedge, which can be a perfect place for them to lay their eggs.
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Reproduction

The males of the species vibrate their abdomen while courting. The females legs either carry a close-range sex pheromone or it is accumulated on the legs because of the grooming behavior. The extract of the legs contains a few of hydrocarbons including n-alkenes, n-alkanes, and some methylalkanes. The female also extracts pentacosene, while male extracts heptacosene. The females have elicited similar to males responses, which means that the pheromone is living on the substrate.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderHemiptera
FamilyMiridae
GenusLygocoris
SpeciesL. pabulinus