- Cambridge, Gwydir Street: 16 Jun 2001
- Subfamily: Mirinae. Tribe: Mirini
- Length: 6mm
- "Found commonly and abundantly throughout the British Isles this bug has two generations a year and two groups of host-plants: woody plants in which the egg overwinters and on which the young spring larvae feed for a short time, and herbaceous plants where most of the development occurs. Woody hosts include hawthorn, apple, currant, plum, cherry and lime; the herbaceous ones include nettle, creeping thistle, groundsel, dandelion, black nightshade, potato, bittersweet, white deadnettle, sunflower, dock, fat hen, meadowsweet, rosebay willow-herb and common cow-wheat; plants such as raspberry, rose and elder may serve as hosts throughout the year.
L. pabulinus is often a pest. The young larvae of the first generation damage currants, plums, apples, gooseberries and pears, their feeding
punctures producing brown spots which form holes as the leaves grow or blemishes on the fruit, especially of gooseberry and pear. The later stages of
the first generation and all stages of the second attack blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, potatoes and sugar-beet."
- Southwood & Leston
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