Predatory Stink Bug offspring are all flash and color in their youth, but all that changes with maturity.
Predatory Stink Bugs have sucking mouth parts that are used to siphon nutrition out of a food source. Members of one species sucks on plant juices when very young, but then graduates to caterpillars and sawfly larvae as adults. The physical form of juvenile and adult are different. Young nymphs are round and mostly red or orange, looking somewhat like small Lady Beetles. As they develop, bands of white lines form and they grow in size, becoming flatter. Adults are neither red, nor black, but a drab brown. This coloring is good camouflage and allows them to get closer to their insect prey undetected.
Adults hibernate over winter and emerge in the spring to seek mates. Females lay fertilized eggs under leaves or other objects where they hatch within a week in the right conditions. After several instars, a species like P. placidus reaches maturity in just a month.
Scientific Name: Podisus spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 7mm to 11mm (0.27in to 0.43in)
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