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10 July 2007

What's that smell?!

Every year about this time, one of these guys spends some time on the false aralia on my back steps. I've looked at 40 bazillion stinkbug pics, but have yet to come up with a match. The closest I did find was the green potato bug. But everything I've Googled says it lives Down Under. This picture is from last year.

Here are this year's pics:



Are there any buggy people reading this that might have a clue?

Please click the pics for a larger view.



8 comments:

Cathy S. said...

Thanks for your post on my blog. I have been a little discouraged. This is rough going and taking longer than I had thought. So, it was good to hear from someone who is enjoying it. I appreciate your faithful encouragement. FYI-She stood up in the stirrups! :0) I will have to fix that. No acrobatics there.

Cathy S. said...

You are right, she is bareback. Duh. See why I need you? :0)

Floridacracker said...

Sorry, one stinkbug looks like another to me.

Nice closeups tho!

thingfish23 said...

Until proven otherwise, I'd lean towards the specimen being a spined green stink bug - Loxa flavicollis.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/69276/bgimage

SophieMae said...

Dawg! Thanks ever so, T-fish! I looked through pages and pages and pages of stink bugs on that very site and never did come across this one. It was probably on the next page. 8-] I know they're pests, but I can't help liking the googly-eyed little things.

FC, even after scanning all the different pics, they still mostly look alike to me, as well.

Hurricane Teen said...

I see these stinkbugs pop up on my Datil plants from time to time...I'm not sure what to do with them, because some of them will hurt the plant by sucking on it and some will help it by eating bugs. I usually just leave them be...they're kinda cute to be honest.

thingfish23 said...

"There are distinct differences in structure and function between the mouthparts of predaceous and phytophagous (plant-feeding) species of stink bugs. These differences are helpful in differentiating predators from some pest species that closely resemble each other.

Predators have strong, robust beaks that are about twice the width of the antenna, with musculature adapted for carrying or handling large prey items (Figure 10 and 11). Plant feeding stink bugs have a slender beak about the width of the antenna, tailored for precision probing and delivery of digestive enzymes."


http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-7058.pdf

See - you just ahve to turn them over! EEEEEEeeeeeewwwwww....... Stinky.

SophieMae said...

HTeen, I just leave them alone, as well. They haven't done any noticeable damage to my false aralia. And you're right, they are kinda cute.

T-fish, I'll just be happy not knowing. I managed to get their mug shots without being stunk. Woildn't wanna push it.