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Turfgrass Disorder: Greenbug

Revised:  5/11/2010

Areas of discolored turf, ranging from pale green to yellow to burnt orange, often occur under shade trees and may be caused by greenbug feeding. A small sucking insect, greenbug (Schizaphis graminum) is a type of aphid. Since the 1880s it has been recognized as a pest of various grassy plants and has injured grain crops such as wheat, oats, and barley. Explore the Fact Sheet below to find out more about greenbug feeding, including how to prevent and control it.

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