Lygus hesperus

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Western tarnished plant bug
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Miridae
Genus: Lygus
Species: L. hesperus
Binomial name
Lygus hesperus
(Knight, 1917)

The Western tarnished plant bug (Lygus hesperus) is a serious pest of cotton, strawberries, and seed crops such as alfalfa. In the state of California alone the bug causes US$30 million in damage to cotton plants each year, and at least US$40 million in losses to the state's strawberry industry.