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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?  



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,992

    lots of flat green things about, how about a pictureimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • bigolobbigolob Posts: 127

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

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,992

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

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    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: 182

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





  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

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


    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,992

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

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,788

    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

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • tattiannatattianna Posts: 182

    Ok thank you...they can stay then image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,346

    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

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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