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Nesidiocoris tenuis
(tomato bug)

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Nesidiocoris tenuis (tomato bug)

Summary

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  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Nesidiocoris tenuis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • tomato bug
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Dorsal habitus illustration of N. tenuis.
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CaptionDorsal habitus illustration of N. tenuis.
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Dorsal habitus illustration of N. tenuis.
Adult - line drawingDorsal habitus illustration of N. tenuis.Gray Stonedahl

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Nesidiocoris tenuis (Reuter, 1895)

Preferred Common Name

  • tomato bug

Other Scientific Names

  • Cyrtopeltis crassicornis
  • Cyrtopeltis ebaeus Odhiambo, 1961
  • Cyrtopeltis javanus Poppius, 1914
  • Cyrtopeltis tenuis Reuter, 1895
  • Dicyphus nocivus Fulmek, 1925
  • Dicyphus persimilis Poppius, 1910
  • Dicyphus tamaricis Puton, 1886
  • Engytatus tenuis
  • Engytatus volucer (Kirkaldy)
  • Gallobelicus crassicornis Distant, 1904
  • Nesidiocoris volucer Kirkaldy, 1902

International Common Names

  • English: tobacco capsid; tobacco leaf bug; tomato mirid; tomato suck bug
  • French: capside du tabac

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Gruene Tabak-Wanze
  • Japan: Tabako-mekuragame
  • Netherlands: groene tabakwantsje; Tabak-capside

EPPO code

  • CYROCR (Cyrtopeltis crassicornis)
  • CYROTE (Cyrtopeltis tenuis)
  • ENGYVO (Engytatus volucer)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hemiptera
  •                         Suborder: Heteroptera
  •                             Family: Miridae
  •                                 Genus: Nesidiocoris
  •                                     Species: Nesidiocoris tenuis

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 17 Feb 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

AlgeriaPresent
Cabo VerdePresent
Congo, Democratic Republic of thePresent
EgyptPresent
EritreaPresent
GhanaPresent
LibyaPresent
MadagascarPresent
MalawiPresent
MaliPresent
MoroccoPresent
NigeriaPresent
RéunionPresent
SenegalPresent
SeychellesPresent
Sierra LeonePresent
South AfricaPresent
SudanPresent
TanzaniaPresent
TunisiaPresent
UgandaPresent
ZambiaPresent
ZimbabwePresent

Asia

BangladeshPresent
ChinaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
Cocos IslandsPresent
Hong KongPresent
IndiaPresent
-Andhra PradeshPresent
-BiharPresent
-GujaratPresent
-HaryanaPresent
-Himachal PradeshPresent
-KarnatakaPresent
-Madhya PradeshPresent
-MaharashtraPresent
-RajasthanPresent
-Tamil NaduPresent
-Uttar PradeshPresent
-West BengalPresent
IndonesiaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-JavaPresent
-SumatraPresent
IranPresent
IraqPresent
IsraelPresent
JapanPresent
JordanPresent
MalaysiaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-Peninsular MalaysiaPresent
-SabahPresent
MyanmarPresent
NepalPresent
North KoreaPresent
PhilippinesPresent
Saudi ArabiaPresent
SingaporePresent
South KoreaPresent
Sri LankaPresent
SyriaPresent
TaiwanPresent
TurkeyPresent
VietnamPresent
YemenPresent

Europe

CyprusPresent
FinlandPresent, Localized
FrancePresent
ItalyPresent
PortugalPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-MadeiraPresent
SpainPresent
-Canary IslandsPresent

North America

CubaPresent
MexicoPresent
Puerto RicoPresent
Saint Kitts and NevisPresent
U.S. Virgin IslandsPresent
United StatesPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-FloridaPresent

Oceania

AustraliaPresent
FijiPresent
French PolynesiaPresent
GuamPresent
New CaledoniaPresent
Northern Mariana IslandsPresent
Papua New GuineaPresent
Solomon IslandsPresent
TongaPresent
TuvaluPresent
VanuatuPresent
Wallis and FutunaPresent

South America

VenezuelaPresent

Growth Stages

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Flowering stage, Seedling stage, Vegetative growing stage

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / internal feeding
Fruit / premature drop
Growing point / dwarfing; stunting
Inflorescence / blight; necrosis
Inflorescence / fall or shedding
Inflorescence / internal feeding
Inflorescence / lesions on glumes
Leaves / honeydew or sooty mould
Leaves / internal feeding
Leaves / necrotic areas
Leaves / necrotic areas
Stems / discoloration of bark
Stems / internal feeding
Stems / necrosis

References

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Agrawal SC, Kushwaha KS, 1978. Efficacy of insecticidal control schedules against aphids and jassids on tomato. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 6(2):40-43

Al-Azawi BM, Al-Azawi AF, 1988. Some observations on the tomato bug Engytatus tenuis Reut. (Miridae, Hemiptera) in Baghdad. Iraqi Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 'ZANCO', 6(3):85-88

APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Document No. 135. Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA)

Arzone A, Alma A, Tavella L, 1990. Role of mirids (Rhynchota Heteroptera) in the control of Trialeurodes vaporariorum Westw. (Rhynchota Aleyrodidae). Bollettino di Zoologia Agraria e di Bachicoltura, 22(1):43-51

Benuzzi M, Mosti M, 1994. Mirid predators of aleyrodids. Informatore Fitopatologico, 44(11):25-30

Cassis G, 1986. A systematic study of the subfamily Dicyphinae (Heteroptera: Miridae). PhD Dissertation, Oregon State University, Corvallis. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA: University Microfilms International

El-Arnaouty SA, Kortam MN, 2012. First record of the mired predatory species, Nesidiocoris tenuis Reuter (Heteroptera: Miridae) on the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control, 22(2):223-224. http://www.esbcp.org/index.asp

El-Dessouki SA, El-Kifl AH, Helal HA, 1976. Life cycle, host plants and symptoms of damage of the tomato bug, Nesidiocoris tenuis Reut. (Hemiptera: Miridae), in Egypt. Zeitschrift fur Pflanzenkrankheiten und Pflanzenschutz, 83(4):204-220

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. http://www.eppo.int/DATABASES/pqr/pqr.htm

Goula M, Alomar O, 1994. Mirids (Heteroptera Miridae) of interest in integrated pest management of tomato. An identification guide. Boletin de Sanidad Vegetal, Plagas, 20(1):131-143

Hameed SF, Kashyap NP, Vaidya DN, 1975. Host records of insect pests of crops. Plant Protection Bulletin, FAO, 23(6):191-192

Harakly FA, 1974. Preliminary survey of pests infesting solanaceous truck crops in Egypt. Bulletin de la Societe Entomologique d'Egypte, 58:133-140

Jin KX, Gao ZH, 1984. Witches' broom of Paulownia spp. infected by Hishimonoides chinensis sucking MLO pathogens of Ziziphus jujuba. Forest Science and Technology (Linye Keji Tongxun), No. 9:22-24

Jin KX, Liang CJ, Deng DL, 1981. A study of the insect vectors of witches' broom in Paulownia trees. Linye Keji Tongxun, No. 12:23-24

Malausa JC, 1989. Integrated control under glass: predatory mirid bugs in solanaceous crops of south-eastern France. Revue Horticole, No. 298:39-43

Malausa JC, Ehanno B, 1988. First observations in France of Cyrtopeltis (Nesidiocoris) tenuis Reuter, 1895 (Het. Miridae). Nouvelle Revue d'Entomologie, 5(2):180

Marcos TF, Rejesus RS, 1992. Population dynamics of Helicoverpa spp. in tobacco growing ares of Ilocos Norte and La Union. Philippine Entomologist, 8(6):1227-1246

Natarajan P, Subramanian TR, 1977. Effect of systemic granular insecticides as soil application in controlling thrips, shoot bug and tobacco caterpillar on tobacco. Pesticides, 11(12):30-32

Nath DK, 1975. Note on the insect pests of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) of West Bengal. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, 9(3):151-152

Nath DK, Pal SR, 1975. Control of insect pests of til (Sesamum indicum L.). Science and Culture, 41(12):598-599

Patel NG, 1980. The bionomics and control measures of tobacco bug Nesidiocoris tenuis Reuter (Miridae: Hemiptera). Gujarat Agricultural University Research Journal, 5(2):60

Patel NG, Patel HK, 1977. Bionomics of tobacco bug Nesidiocoris tenuis Reuter. Gujarat Agricultural University Research Journal, 3(1):40-42

Patel RK, Yadav DN, 1992. Impact of intercropping marigold on Heliothis armigera Hubner and its natural enemies in seed crop of tobacco. Tobacco Research, 18(1/2):65-72; 10 ref

Patnaik NC, Jena BC, 1986. Control of sesamum mirid bug, Nesidiocoris tenuis (Reut.) at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Madras Agricultural Journal, 73(6):357-358

Pineda, S., Henry, T. J., Corrales-Madrid, J. L., Martínez, A. M., Figueroa, J. I., 2017. First records of the dicyphine plant bug Nesidiocoris tenuis (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Bryocorinae) in Mexico. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 119(2), 290-295. http://www.bioone.org/loi/went doi: 10.4289/0013-8797.119.2.290

Prasad NKK, Halappa G, Vajranabhaiah SN, Prasad PKK, 1979. A note on the incidence of tobacco bug, Nesidiocoris tenuis Reuter, on VFC tobacco. Current Research, 8(1):17

Raman K, Sanjayan KP, 1984. Host plant relationships and population dynamics of the mirid, Cyrtopeltis tenuis Reut. (Hemiptera: Miridae). Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, B, 50(4):355-361

Raman K, Sanjayan KP, Suresh G, 1984. Impact of feeding injury of Cyrtopeltis tenuis Reut. (Hemiptera: Miridae) on some biochemical changes in Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. (Solanaceae). Current Science, India, 53(20):1092-1093

Schotman CYL, 1989. Plant pests of quarantine importance to the Caribbean. RLAC-PROVEG, No. 21:80 pp

Schuh RT, 1976. Pretarsal structure in the Miridae (Hemiptera) with a cladistic analysis of relationships within the family. American Museum Novitates, 2601:1-39

Schuh RT, 1995. Plant Bugs of the World (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae). Systematic Catalog, Distributions, Host List, and Bibliography. New York, USA: New York Entomological Society

Singh HM, Rizvi SMA, 1993. Evaluation of insecticides for their relative efficacy against two bugs, Metacanthus pulchellus Dallas and Cyrtopeltes tenuis (Reuter) infesting bottlegourd. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 21(1):108-109

Sinha SN, Chakrabarti AK, Ramaakrishnan U, 1981. Field evaluation of some insecticides for the control of hemiptera bugs on bottlegourd. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 51:906-910

Solsoloy AD, Domingo EO, Bilgera BU, Solsoloy TS, Bugawan HS, Barluado ZD, 1994. Occurrence, mortality factors and within-plant distribution of bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hubn.) on cotton. Philippine Journal of Science, 123(1):9-20

Stonedahl GM, 1991. The Oriental species of Helopeltis (Heteroptera: Miridae): a review of economic literature and guide to identification. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 81(4):465-490

UK CAB International, 1971. Cyrtopeltis tenuis. [Distribution map]. Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, December. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, Map 290

Wagner E, 1970. Die Miridae Hahn, 1831, des Mitelmeertaumes und der Makaronesischen Inseln (Hemiptera, Heteroptera). Teil 1. Entomologische Abhandlungen, 37 Supplement

Waterhouse DF, 1993. The Major Arthropod Pests and Weeds of Agriculture in Southeast Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 21. Canberra, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 141 pp

Distribution References

APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Document No. 135., Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).

CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated b. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

El-Arnaouty S A, Kortam M N, 2012. First record of the mired predatory species, Nesidiocoris tenuis Reuter (Heteroptera: Miridae) on the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control. 22 (2), 223-224. http://www.esbcp.org/index.asp

EPPO, 2020. EPPO Global database. In: EPPO Global database, Paris, France: EPPO. https://gd.eppo.int/

Pineda S, Henry T J, Corrales-Madrid J L, Martínez A M, Figueroa J I, 2017. First records of the dicyphine plant bug Nesidiocoris tenuis (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Bryocorinae) in Mexico. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 119 (2), 290-295. http://www.bioone.org/loi/went DOI:10.4289/0013-8797.119.2.290

Schuh RT, 1995. Plant Bugs of the World (Insecta: Heteroptera: Miridae). In: Systematic Catalog, Distributions, Host List, and Bibliography, New York, USA: New York Entomological Society.

UK, CAB International, 1971. Cyrtopeltis tenuis. [Distribution map]. In: Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, Wallingford, UK: CAB International. Map 290. DOI:10.1079/DMPP/20056600290

Waterhouse D F, 1993. The major arthropod pests and weeds of agriculture in Southeast Asia. Canberra, Australia: ACIAR. v + 141 pp.

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