Pest Type: Insect
Damage to Plant: Shoots are blackened; plant parts are deformed.
This extremely agile insect owes its name to its mottled brown coloring. A true bug, it has a shield-shaped body with a triangular arrangement of white spots on the thorax. The long-legged, adults have a black-tipped yellow triangle at the end of each fore-wing; the nymphs are pale yellow. Both adults and nymphs suck sap from buds, fruits, and stems.
Life Cycle: Nymphs hatch from elongated, curved eggs inserted into host plants. Adults as well as nymphs can overwinter in garden debris. There are three to five generations a year.