Taylorilygus pallidulus (Blanchard)
The Brokenbacked bug, Taylorilygus pallidulus (Blanchard) is not often found in large numbers on cotton. Brokenbacked bugs can be a pest of mung beans and are common on sunflowers.
Identification: The Brokenbacked bug is 4-5mm, light green in colour with brown flecks on the inner wings. The outer wings are predominantly brown. Wing tips are bent down at 45° giving the 'broken-back' appearance. Nymphs have short pale yellow-green antennae.
May be confused with: Similar species are Brown and Green Mirids and the Apple Dimpling bug. However the Brokenbacked bug is smaller than the Green or Brown Mirid and the inner wings have distinct brown flecks. Nymphs have much shorter antennae than those of the Green Mirid.
Damage: Little is known about this insect, but it does not seem to be capable of significant damage.
Broken backed bugs are shorter than green or brown mirids, about 4mm, and have a defined kink in the back. 5mm Photo: P. Room