Broken-Backed Bug (Taylorilygus apicalis)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Broken-Backed Bug.
Updated: 3/15/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The natural bend in the wings of the Broken-Backed Seed Bug evoke sympathy for this healthy and hungry insect.
Broken-Backed Seed Bugs are mostly green with traces of brown on their wings. Their eyes are white. The upper part of each leg ('thigh') is thicker than the lower section. The tips of the wings bend downward, giving them a broken appearance, but it is a natural angle. They are capable of flying and are often seen on sunflowers. Young offspring are called nymphs. They look like smaller, plumper versions of adults with short wing coverings. As their name suggests, they eat seeds and seed pods of beans and other flowers. This damage impairs the seed from germinating. They are also transmitters of a plant parasite that deforms flower formation. These attributes render the Broken-Backed Seed Bug a pest.