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Tarnished Plant Bug
- Feeding results in a berry with a deformed, seedy tip (cat-faced berry)
- Adults are oval shaped, approximately 1/4 inch long, brownish in color with streaked yellow and black lines (tarnished appearance), and have a white V-shaped marking on its back
- Nymphs may be confused with aphids, however, they move fast when disturbed (aphids do not)
- Adults are present early in the season (April-May), and again in high numbers in late June-July; nymphs present in May
- More prevalent in weedy strawberry patches
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- Berry is puckered or misshapen on any side of the berry, usually with a suture mark between the normal and deformed sides of the berry
- The first and largest berry is often deformed, later berries are not affected
- Deformed and healthy fruit appear in the same cluster
- Center of the flower is black
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