Flat green bugs on tomatos

Over the past couple of days I've noticed some flat green bugs on my tomatoes (grown outside) I've done a little research and I think they could be Green Stink Bugs. I've only seen them on 1 particular tomato.

Are they good bugs or bad?

Is the friut still ok to eat?  

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    lots of flat green things about, how about a pictureimage

  • bigolobbigolob Posts: 127

    Sounds like greenfly?? Could it be that simple? If so, spray with NON systemic insecticide.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    just looked up green stink bug and it's a sheild bug. Different scale altogether. a pic would tell us for sure

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Are they a sort of shield shape and quite a size? If so, there are dozens of different insects called shield bugs. They all have a favourite host plant but will take a stab (literally) at anything if they are desperate.

    They aren't what you would call bad because they are usually only found singly and one bug can't really do a lot of damage. They usually make the part of the plant they have   sucked the sap from look a bit deformed.

    Yes, the tomatoes are fine to eat.

  • tattiannatattianna Posts: 174

    Here are a couple of photos of the bugs to help with identification. Thank you

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,476

    Shield bugs - almost certainly the common green (Palomena prasina), at their 5th larval stage (known as the 5th instar.)  Fascinating creatures:

    http://www.bugsandweeds.co.uk/bugs.html

     

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,237

    that's a nice site Bob, I've bookmarked it

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,671

    We like shield bugs - sight of one in the garden causes great excitement image

    I've bookmarked that site too and sent it to OH image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • tattiannatattianna Posts: 174

    Ok thank you...they can stay then image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,736

    Great site Bob! When she was little, oldest daughter used to love holding the little green shield bugs we get here . Now I know why it took her so long to walk home from school. image

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