Insect Identification logo
Icon of a spider
Icon of a beetle insect
Icon of a butterfly
Icon of a bee
Icon of the Bugfinder utility

Green Stink Bug (Chinavia hilaris)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Green Stink Bug.

 Updated: 8/30/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




The Green Stink Bug stinks literally and figuratively: it smells bad and is destroys a wide variety of food crops and plants.



This popular garden and farm pest has a hearty appetite for all the same things people enjoy eating. Both adults and young nymphs use their mouth parts to poke holes in the tender, young plants and then suck the plant's juices. If this does not kill the plant, it certainly damages its ability to produce good fruit and seeds. The Green Stink Bug's diet usually results in deformed or hardened produce that is not edible or usable for re-seeding. Evidence of a Green Stink Bug's presence is seen on the host plant in the form of scarring, dimples, spotting on fruit and overall discoloration. Typically, the population levels of Green Stink Bugs is kept in check because they are eaten by a variety of other things: birds, spiders, toads, wasps and other bug-eating insects. Gardeners and farmers can also pick them off plants and kill them, though this can be time-consuming. Chemical control are used in heavily infested farms or gardens.

Green Stink Bugs look vastly different when they are young. Green eggs are laid in clusters and look like small seeds. Once the group of eggs hatch, round larvae emerge and may be mistaken for beetles. Nymphs (juveniles) are mostly black with fine white lines crossing their backs. Red spots appear on the fringe surrounding the head and two orange-red spots mark the top of the elytra (wing covering). As they mature, more green coloration becomes apparent and they grow bigger with more angular elytra. By the time they are mature adults, they are completely green and their elytra is shaped almost like a shield with a triangular center.

Green Stink Bugs emit a foul odor when they feel threatened and are usually left alone because it smells quite acrid. The scent glands are located at the top of the green triangle on their 'backs' and the chemical disperses quickly. The smell is sometimes described as a mix of burning oil, hair and chemicals and may be sprayed, not secreted.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Pentatomidae
          Genus: Chinavia
            Species: hilaris
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Chinavia hilaris
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 17mm (0.55in to 0.66in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, black, yellow, white, red
Descriptors: armored, armoured, flying, stout, striped, spotted, shield
Territorial Map
Alaska  
Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
State of Alabama graphic
State of Arizona graphic
State of Arkansas graphic
State of California graphic
State of Colorado graphic
State of Delware graphic
State of Florida graphic
State of Georgia graphic
State of Idaho graphic
State of Illinois graphic
State of Indiana graphic
State of Iowa graphic
State of Kansas graphic
State of Kentucky graphic
State of Louisiana graphic
State of Maine graphic
State of Maryland graphic
State of Michigan graphic
State of Minnesota graphic
State of Mississippi graphic
State of Missouri graphic
State of Montana graphic
State of Nebraska graphic
State of Nevada graphic
State of New England graphic
State of New Jersey graphic
State of New Mexico graphic
State of New York graphic
State of North Carolina graphic
State of North Dakota graphic
State of Ohio graphic
State of Oklahoma graphic
State of Oregon graphic
State of Pennsylvania graphic
State of South Carolina graphic
State of South Dakota graphic
State of Tennessee graphic
State of Texas graphic
State of Utah graphic
State of Virginia graphic
State of Washington graphic
State of West Virginia graphic
State of Wisconsin graphic
State of Wyoming graphic
Canadian territory of Alberta graphic
Canadian territory of British Columbia graphic
Canadian territory of Manitoba graphic
Canadian territory of New Brunswick graphic
Canadian territory of Newfoundland and Labrador graphic
Canadian territory of Ontario graphic
Canadian territory of Quebec graphic
Canadian territory of Saskatchewan graphic
Territory map graphic of the country of Mexico
Contiguous United States shape map layer graphic


Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Canadian National Flag Graphic
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Mexican National Flag Graphic
Mexico
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.