Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Green vegetable bug (immature)

Photo from Peter Lacey

Photo from Peter Lacey

Nezara viridula (Linnaeus)

Order: Hemiptera
Family: Pentatomidae

Size range

  • Up to 10 mm long


  • Introduced, found throughout New Zealand

Life History

  • Both nymphs and adults are garden pests
  • Feeds by sucking the sap from many summer vegetables and garden plants
  • Wingless nymphs may be a variety of colours, black, green, brown, with orange, red and white markings.

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