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Stinkbug (Various spp.)


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



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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.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




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: Various
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Various spp.
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 18mm (0.51" to 0.70")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, yellow
Descriptors: spot, flying, odor, smell, crop pest, garden pest
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 13mm (0.5in) and 18mm (0.7in)
Lo: 13mm
Md: 15.5mm
Hi: 18mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Stinkbug 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 Stinkbug. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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