- Cambridge 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