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Stinkbug (Chlorochroa rossiana)

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

 Updated: 6/19/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

Picture of Stinkbug-Chlorochroa
Picture of Stinkbug-Chlorochroa

Stink Bugs are pesky insects that ruin fruits and vegetables, relax on walls and curtains inside, and 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 will release this odor when threatened by anything, including people. They have been known to leave a funk in the home if crushed with a shoe or paper towel. It's possible that vacuuming them may also leave the secretion and its smell inside it. Gently removing them and releasing them outside is the best way to avoid the stink.

Aside from indoor issues, Stink Bugs are foragers and roam from plant to plant, sucking the juices from produce leaving scars or open injuries that can rot the fruit. They can decimate a garden and are hard to control once an infestation is afoot.

Stinkbug Information

Category: True Bug
Common Name: Stinkbug
Scientific Name: Chlorochroa rossiana

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Hemiptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Pentatomidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Chlorochroa
       Arrow graphic Species: rossiana

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 13 mm to 18 mm (0.507 inches to 0.702 inches)
Identifying Colors: green, yellow
Additional Descriptors: spot, flying, odor, smell

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; 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; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that 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. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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