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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: 27,431

    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: 27,431

    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: 11,384

    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: 27,431

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

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,944

    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

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • tattiannatattianna Posts: 182

    Ok thank you...they can stay then image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,891

    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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