A charming, yet stinky wanderer, the Red-cross Shield Bug thrives in the western part of the continent.
A brown or reddish-brown 'X'-shaped cross on the back of the otherwise light green Red-cross Shield Bug is one of its most prominent features. The pointed 'shoulder's and shield-like body shape are characteristics seen in many Stink Bugs like this one. Like its kin, this bug can emit an unpleasant odor from scent glands when it feels threatened. Crushing the bug also releases the odor. The hope is that the noxious smell deters predators from continuing to pursue it for a meal.
This species' range stops short of the eastern side of the continent, and it is often spotted in the western provinces and northwestern states. Alder trees are its preferred host plant so it is likely to roam areas near forests where alders grow.
Scientific Name: Elasmostethus cruciatus
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 10mm (0.31in to 0.39in)
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