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Stink Bug
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Stink Bug

Order: Hemiptera

Family: Pentatomidae

Pest Status: Stink bugs can be pests of some plants. They also can be beneficial insect predators, depending on the species.

Appearance: Stink bugs have broad, shield-shaped bodies; five-segmented antennae; and a large, distinctly triangular-shape inside their thoraxes.

Life Cycle: During warm months, females lay their eggs in clusters stuck to leaves and stems. After hatching, the wingless nymphs molt several times before becoming full-sized, winged adults. Large nymphs or adults usually overwinter.

Where to Collect: Stink bugs can be found in rural areas often on or near roadside vegetation.