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  • Southern Green Stink Bug - (Nezara viridula)

    Southern Green Stink Bug - (Nezara viridula)

    Southern Green Stink Bugs may look like bright green gems, but they can be pests in warm and humid regions.

    Staff Writer (5/19/2015): The Southern Green Stink Bug is a large insect that can grow to be the size of an adult's thumbnail. The body of the insect is shaped like a classic shield. They are bright green, full-bodied, plump, slow-moving and abundant in the South and far into Central America. It is a major pest to soybean farmers and as they destroy their crops. Cotton plants are also susceptible to the insect's appetite.

    True to their name, Southern Green Stink Bugs can emit a noxious smelling chemical from their bodies if they feel threatened. The odor is foul enough to turn away most any predator. While this non-native insect's usual habitat is on short weedy plants, they are commonly seen on buildings and homes along door frames and high on walls. Their presence in these places is also considered a nuisance.

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    Southern Green Stink Bug

    Category: True Bug
    Common name: Southern Green Stink Bug
    Scientific Name: Nezara viridula

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Pentatomidae
           Genus: Nezara
            Species: viridula

    Size (Adult, Length): 14mm to 17mm (0.55in to 0.67in)

    Identifying Colors: green, black

    Additional Descriptors: speckled, large, slow

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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