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Juniper Stink Bug (Banasa euchlora)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Juniper Stink Bug

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This small, jade-colored Stink Bug spends most of the year around its food source, but seeks shelter once winter sets in.

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By ; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Juniper Stink Bugs are small, jewel-toned bugs that feed on all types of juniper plants. The emerald green body is covered in dark pits, and a triangular 'shield' on its 'back' has yellow dots at each tip. The wings are clear and peek out at the bottom of the insect.

Like all Stink Bugs, this species can emit an odor as a defense against predators. It flies and is attracted to UV light. It is active most of the year, especially in the southern part of its range. Adults overwinter, sometimes inside homes and buildings. A young one is slightly difference in appearance, looking more like a lady beetle thanks to its round shape. It is still green, but the head and undeveloped wings are generally a darker green than the rest of the body. It has a yellow spot on each 'shoulder'. Two short black dashes rimmed in yellow cross the middle and bottom of the abdomen. Look for this species on the needles and stems of juniper trees and shrubs.©InsectIdentification.org

Known Diet of the Juniper-Stink-Bug

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Pentatomidae
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          Genus: Banasa
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            Species: euchlora

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Banasa euchlora
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 11mm (0.35" to 0.43")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; yellow; black
Descriptors: shiny; emerald; jade; bright; small; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 9mm (0.4in) and 11mm (0.4in)
Lo: 9mm
Md: 10mm
Hi: 11mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Juniper Stink Bug may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Juniper Stink Bug. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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