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Stinkbug (Various spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Stinkbug.

 Updated: 8/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




Stink Bugs are pesky insects that ruin fruits and vegetables, and then make their way indoors where they prove they can really live up to their name.



Stink Bugs are able to produce a noxious smelling secretion that is meant to deter predators from eating them. They release this chemical weapon when threatened by anything, including people. They have been known to leave a stinky funk in the home if crushed with a shoe or paper towel. It is possible that vacuuming them up may also leave the secretion and its smell inside the vacuum, which may then redistribute the odor the next time it is used. Gently removing them with a tissue, being mindful to not crush any of it, then releasing them outside is the best way to avoid having the deal with their odor.

Aside from indoor issues, Stink Bugs are foragers and roam from plant to plant, sucking the juices from produce, leaving unsightly scars and open injuries that can rot fruit before it is harvested. They can decimate tomatoes, peppers, and other popular garden plants. They become difficult to control once an infestation has taken hold.
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Pentatomidae
          Genus: Various
            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 18mm (0.51in to 0.70in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, yellow
Descriptors: spot, flying, odor, smell, crop pest, garden pest
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