26 Sorts Of Stink Bugs You Ought to Know


It stinks whenever you discover stink bugs in your backyard, particularly for those who squish them! These bugs within the order Hemiptera (household title Pentatomidae) launch a foul scent to maintain predators away once they’re injured or squished. They’re disagreeable within the backyard, particularly since they will harm your vegetation. There are a number of sorts of stink bugs you may spot in your backyard that it is best to hold an eye fixed out for.

A singular stink bug can’t trigger an excessive amount of harm by itself. However that’s the draw back—they’re often current in nice numbers since they lay many eggs directly. They feed on plant juices and different plant elements, and if left untreated, you’ll seemingly see numerous harm.

Not each stink bug will wreck your backyard, nevertheless! Some predatory species will lend a serving to hand by consuming many different bugs which can be thought of pests in your backyard like caterpillars and beetle larvae. It’s tremendous essential to know which bugs need to assist and which is able to hinder, so let’s have a look at those you may discover in your backyard.

The best way to Determine Stink Bugs

Brown Marmorated stink bug - Halyomorpha halys
Brown Marmorated stink bug – Halyomorpha halys. Supply: Gilles San Martin

Stink bugs are available varied colours and patterns, so how are you supposed to inform which is which? It’ll actually come all the way down to memorization of every species within the order Hemiptera and household title Pentatomidae, however you’ll know if these are stink bugs in your vegetation whenever you see their shield-shaped our bodies and sucking mouthparts. In reality, stink bugs are additionally known as defend bugs due to their form.

Very like shields from the times of yore, their shield-shaped our bodies have variations, which is able to show you how to establish particular species. Some stink bugs are spherical, whereas others are elongated. The “shoulders” could possibly be rounded or have spikes that jut out to the facet or ahead towards the top. The underside of the shield-shaped physique could also be pointed, spherical, or flat. The stink bug’s again could possibly be flat or have a cool and threatening spike, form of like a shark.

Some stink bug species carefully resemble many different bugs thought of true bugs. Be taught which species dwell in your space and what they eat or dwell on that can assist you slender down the species. It’s additionally essential to notice that many nymphal levels – A.Okay.A. stink bug youngsters and youths – don’t resemble the grownup stink bugs they develop into. 

Strong shade stink bugs are sometimes multicolored till they develop into grownup stink bugs, or inexperienced ones could begin out black and crimson. Some have a life cycle that features 5 nymphal levels known as instars. Generally you’ll be able to’t know till they develop up!

Stink Bug Pests

Most stink bug species within the household Pentatomidae eat plant juice with their sucking mouthparts and are dangerous information in your backyard and different vegetation close by. For those who don’t attempt to management them, they’ll shortly multiply and damage your vegetation. These bugs don’t sometimes wreck complete vegetation or fruit, leaving a tender spot the place they’ve fed. They generally trigger beauty harm like bruises or discoloration. 

That is dangerous information for farmers as a result of shops sometimes don’t need “ugly” fruit, but it surely may not have an effect on dwelling gardeners as a lot. Nonetheless, stink bugs can carry ailments that infect vegetation, and that is the place the actual harm occurs. Among the listed pest species sometimes eat different pest bugs, however not sufficient to be thought of backyard allies.

Black and Purple Stink Bug

Black and Red stink bug - Cosmopepla lintneriana
Black and Purple stink bug – Cosmopepla lintneriana. Supply: Gilles Gonthier

Additionally known as the twice-stabbed stink bug, Cosmopepla lintneriana bugs are not more than 6 millimeters lengthy and have a notable black and crimson sample that’s simple to establish. These bugs are black with a crimson line and diamond on the prime of their defend and two crimson spots within the heart. They are often discovered all through North America and a part of Mexico, feeding on asparagus, oat, and mint seeds.

Black Stink Bug

Black Stink Bug - Proxys punctulatus
Black Stink Bug – Proxys punctulatus. Supply: treegrow

With pointed shoulders and little spikes throughout its again, the species Proxys punctulatus seems prefer it’s able to puncture you with its angular physique. It’s strong black with a white spot and white and black legs. It’s a standard species all through the southern US all the way down to Brazil and the Caribbean islands. 

They aim cotton, soybeans, and citrus. They eat insect larvae that feed on cotton, however that’s solely so it may possibly have extra cotton to itself!

Blue Defend Bug

Blue Shield bug - Zicrona caerulea
Blue Defend bug – Zicrona caerulea. Supply: GeeC

These shiny bugs within the household Pentatomidae are fairly sufficient to need to hold it round, however they’re a pest in grasslands and woodlands the place there’s low vegetation. You could find this one, Zicrona caerulea, all through Britain and North America the place timber are scarce. It has a blue-green metallic physique with black accents.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated stink bug - Halyomorpha halys
Brown Marmorated stink bug – Halyomorpha halys. Supply: Gilles San Martin

A bug so horrible they turned it right into a four-letter phrase – BMSB – you don’t need to see the marmorated stink bug round! Halyomorpha halys is native to jap Asia however has traveled the world and established itself all through Europe, jap North America, Australia, and Chile by hanging out on imported items. It’s a extremely invasive species that overwinters in buildings, so that you may discover them in your house as soon as it will get chilly.

It’s bigger than most stink bug species, rising as much as 17 millimeters in size. It has a mottled coloration of sunshine and yellow-brown with crimson stripes and a white band alongside its legs and on its five-segmented antennae, however its 5 nymphal levels give it loads of variation all through its life cycle. It loves fruit timber and greens, making them an issue in lots of orchards, farms, and backyards.

Brown Stink Bug

Brown Stink Bug - Euschistus servus
Brown Stink Bug – Euschistus servus. Supply: Judy Gallagher

You may mistake Euschistus servus, referred to as the brown stink bug, for the brown marmorated stink bug at first since their mottled brown look is comparable. Nonetheless, brown stink bugs have a extra yellow-grey tone to them and lack crimson. 

Euschistus servus could be discovered seasonally all through the US and Canada, however the brown stink bug hangs round all 12 months lengthy within the southern states because the climate is hotter there. They prefer to eat seeds, grains, nuts, and fruits and can eat weeds whereas overwintering. Their favourite meals are peaches, so hold an eye fixed out for them in your peach timber!

Conchuela Stink Bug

Conchuela stink bug - Chlorochroa ligata
Conchuela stink bug – Chlorochroa ligata. Supply: Nick:Wooden

The species Chlorochroa ligata ought to theoretically be simple to establish, however the truth that completely different levels can appear like two species makes it troublesome! They’re both mild inexperienced with a yellow dot and defend define, or black with a crimson dot and defend define. Really, the “black” is darkish inexperienced but it surely usually seems black. 

These kind of stink bugs have rounded shoulders, and the underside of the defend has a crescent form. They dwell all through North America and have an attention-grabbing food regimen of cotton, grapes, mesquite, mustards, peas, prickly pear, sage, tomatoes, and yucca.

Dusky Stink Bug

Dusky Stink Bug - Euschistus tristigmus
Dusky Stink Bug – Euschistus tristigmus. Supply: Judy Gallagher

That is one other mottled brown stink bug that may be difficult to establish, however Euschistus tristigmas tries to make it simple with its noticeably pointed shoulders and slender head. The coloration is much like the brown marmorated stink bug, but it surely’s a lot pointier. Bear in mind how we stated location is usually a figuring out issue? This one is choosy, dwelling on apple, cherry timber, peach, pear, and plum timber within the jap portion of North America.

Edessa Bifida

Bifida stink bug - Edessa bifida
Bifida stink bug – Edessa bifida. Supply: jwinfred

This bug doesn’t have a nickname, however the white heart-shaped dot on its again would make “Love Bug” a contender if it wasn’t for its tendency to destroy cotton discipline crops! It may be discovered within the southern US all the way down to northern South America. Except for the white coronary heart, the brown V and inexperienced shoulders and triangle will make this one simple to establish.

Elf Shoe Stink Bug

Elf Shoe Stink Bug - Menecles insertus
Elf Shoe Stink Bug – Menecles insertus. Supply: treegrow

It’s unclear how Menecles insertus received such a cute nickname. Maybe it’s as a result of their mild brown legs have darkish brown “sneakers!” For those who can’t see its ft, it will likely be exhausting to inform from the opposite mottled brown stink bugs with striped edges. Sound acquainted but? Count on to see this one hanging out on fruit timber in most elements of the US and a few elements of Canada. It’s extra generally discovered within the southern states.

Euschistus Quadrator

Euschistus quadrator
Euschistus quadrator. Supply: Russ Ottens, College of Georgia

This stink bug may lack a nickname due to how troublesome it may be. It prefers legumes like clover and vetch, but it surely additionally likes cotton, soybeans, and corn. That offers it loads of meals selections, but it surely’s discovered on all kinds of vegetation it doesn’t favor, so it’s exhausting to slender down the place precisely you’ll discover it. Not less than it has a selected location in Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida!

It’s additionally troublesome to establish as a result of it has the frequent stink bug sample that makes it appear like the elf shoe stink bug and brown marmorated stink bug, however this one has pointy shoulders with black ideas. Nonetheless, the younger nymph stage begins out as brown and crimson, then develops black and white, then turns lime inexperienced and brown earlier than settling into its shade palette of browns.

Inexperienced Burgundy Stink Bug

Green Burgundy stink bug - Banasa dimidiata
Inexperienced Burgundy stink bug – Banasa dimidiata. Supply: urtica

Banasa dimidiata is inexperienced and burgundy and is classed amongst different arboreal stink bugs or tree stink bugs. Stunned? It’s principally inexperienced, and the burgundy shade varieties a inexperienced triangle within the center. The shoulders are rounded and it has a brilliant crimson head and antennae. It’s principally present in Oregon on cane berries, English holly, lilac, mountain ash, and arborvitae. Different Banasa stink bugs, just like the jade stink bug talked about later, favor conifer vegetation like juniper.

Inexperienced Stink Bug

Green Stink Bug - Chinavia halaris
Inexperienced Stink Bug – Chinavia halaris. Supply: pverdonk

The inexperienced stink bug could be troublesome to establish on-line and in individual! It’s scientifically known as Chinavia halaris, in addition to Chinavia hilare, and was as soon as categorised as Acrosternum hilaris (or hilare). These frequent bugs are on the bigger facet, rising as much as 19 millimeters lengthy, and are strong inexperienced with both yellow spots or a yellow-hued inexperienced. This principally will depend on whether or not or not you’re grownup stink bugs or a inexperienced stink bug nymph. 

Inexperienced-colored stink bugs are simple to confuse, so it’s all the way down to location, vegetation, and measurement when figuring out. It’s the most typical form of stink bug within the US, so yow will discover it in most states – particularly the southeastern United States – in addition to within the southern elements of Canada. It prefers younger timber, shrubs, weeds, and vines, however as soon as these vegetation mature, they head for soybeans.

Harlequin Bug

Harlequin bug - Murgantia histrionica
Harlequin bug – Murgantia histrionica. Supply: Thomas Shahan

It’s fairly simple to establish Murgantia histrionica from the start since its eggs are striped with white and black markings, and the grownup harlequin bug has a cool black and crimson sample. Its physique is nearly an ideal oval, and it has fairly quick antennae. 

The harlequin bug is nearly unique to Mexico and the southern US and love cruciferous greens of any type, from cabbage to to mustard to radish and something associated to them. If these aren’t accessible, nevertheless, they’ll accept nearly something. Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, and so on.), okra, beets, beans, and fruit timber are often their subsequent choose.

Jade Stink Bug

Juniper Stink Bug - Banasa euchlora
Juniper Stink Bug – Banasa euchlora. Supply: Anita363

We talked about this one earlier. Banasa euchlora is the Banasa member of the family that loves juniper, because it’s classed amongst different arboreal stink bugs. In reality, you may see individuals consult with this one because the juniper stink bug. The shoulders and tip of the defend are barely pointed. It’s principally brilliant inexperienced with yellow spots and black ft. You’ll be able to spot this one nearly wherever within the US on a juniper tree close to you.

Mormidea Lugens

Mormidea lugens
Mormidea lugens. Supply: Judy Gallagher

This stink bug is generally in jap North America, with just a few sightings in California, and may also be present in Mexico and the Caribbean islands. The defend form has a rounded level, and it’s medium brown with tan traces on its again. It may be present in most grasses like timothy grass, deer-tongue grass, or sedge.

Redbanded Stink Bug

Redbanded stink bug - Piezodorus guildinii
Redbanded stink bug – Piezodorus guildinii. Supply: Russ Ottens, College of Georgia

These inexperienced stink bugs, Piezodorus guildinii, get their title from the noticeable crimson band that goes throughout the highest of the defend and alongside the sides. It may be a bit sophisticated to identify them, although, since some don’t develop that useful identifier. The tip of the defend involves a “squoval” level, or a rounded sq. edge. 

This stink bug has a serious pest standing in Central and South America on essential agricultural crops. It wasn’t noticed within the US till the Nineteen Seventies and wasn’t thought of an issue till the early 2000s. They are often discovered within the southern US on legumes of any type and are a serious drawback for soybean farmers.

Purple-Shouldered Stink Bug

Red-shouldered Stink Bug - Thyanta custator
Purple-shouldered Stink Bug – Thyanta custator. Supply: Judy Gallagher

Thyanta custator, or the red-shouldered stink bug, is well confused with Piezodorus guildinii and even sometimes share the identical nickname of redbanded stink bugs. They’re both strong lime inexperienced with reddish-brown ft and antennae, or they’ve a crimson line throughout their shoulders. They’ve gray eggs, which makes identification a lot simpler. 

They are often present in most elements of Canada and the US however are extra frequent on the jap facet. They aren’t choosy eaters and they’re the most typical stink bugs discovered on beans, corn, peaches, pistachios, and cereal crops like wheat.

Rice Stink Bug

Rice stink bug - Oebalus pugnax
Rice stink bug – Oebalus pugnax. Supply: cotinis

Oebalus pugnax loves rice and is a serious pest of agricultural crops, like rice crops all through the US, Brazil, and the Caribbean islands. They’re frequent stink bugs discovered within the southern states, however they’ve been seen in jap states and as far west as Arizona. It additionally likes rice relations like corn, sedge, and johnson grass. It has an elongated arrowhead-shaped physique and is generally strong straw-colored, tan, or mild brown, with a triangle in a lighter shade on its again.

Say’s Stink Bug

Say's stink bug - Chlorochroa sayi
Say’s stink bug – Chlorochroa sayi. Supply: Vahe Martirosyan

Chlorochroa sayi is yet one more you may confuse with different bugs, principally different stink bugs, because of its strong inexperienced shade with a crimson define and dot, though the secondary shade could also be yellow as an alternative of inexperienced. It’s often discovered within the western a part of the US from California to Texas with some sightings in Idaho. 

It’s a serious pest of agricultural crops like legumes and grasses, together with alfalfa, barley, oats, crimson clover, wheat, rye, and weeds. If nothing else is obtainable, you may discover it in vegetable gardens.

Southern Inexperienced Stink Bug

Southern Green stink bug - Nezara viridula
Southern Inexperienced stink bug – Nezara viridula. Supply: stanzebla

Nezara viridula may earn a medal for being the world’s most hated stink bug. It’s a pest in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. It prefers fruit and decorative vegetation and timber, discipline crops, weeds, and greens—that’s just about all the pieces you’ll be able to develop! It’s a brilliant yellow-green, though some could also be darker shades. It has five-segmented antennae. Eggs are mild yellow or pink, and nymphal levels are black and crimson.

Useful Stink Bugs

Not each species of stink bug within the household Pentatomidae is dangerous information. There are some species that favor to focus on pests and different bugs with their sucking mouthparts as an alternative of vegetation! These murderer bugs go after caterpillars and beetle larvae. A few of them will nonetheless trigger plant harm, but it surely shouldn’t be sufficient to wreck your backyard, and you may contemplate conserving these round for pest management functions.

Anchor Stink Bug

Anchor stink bug - Stiretrus anchorago
Anchor stink bug – Stiretrus anchorago. Supply: lfelliott

It’s fairly simple to identify Stiretrus anchorago because of the distinctive anchor form on the underside of the defend. You could find them on soybeans, pole beans, and potatoes feeding on crop pests and different bugs.

Florida Predatory Stink Bug

Florida Predatory Stink Bug - Euthyrhynchus floridanus
Florida Predatory Stink Bug – Euthyrhynchus floridanus. Supply: Judy Gallagher

Euthyrhynchus floridanus is predominantly present in Florida, however may also be spotten in different states within the southeast. These are predatory stink bugs that eat a number of pests and plenty of beetles together with velvetbean caterpillars, leaf beetles, walnut caterpillars, varied weeviles, the Colorado potato beetle, and a few moths. 

The most effective half: they eat southern inexperienced stink bugs! They fluctuate in look, starting from darkish inexperienced to black and having both three crimson dots or a crimson decrease half.

Perillus Strigipes

Perillus strigipes
Perillus strigipes. Supply: Judy Gallagher

This stink bug is simple to acknowledge because of the diamond-shaped crimson or orange traces on its again. It may be discovered within the jap a part of the US and as far west as Texas. It has the standard predatory stink bug food regimen of caterpillars and beetles.

Tough Stink Bug

Four-humped Stink Bug - Brochymena quadripustulata
4-humped Stink Bug – Brochymena quadripustulata. Supply: Judy Gallagher

Scientifically referred to as Brochymena quadripustulata, tough stink bugs carefully resemble the brown marmorated stink bug, however you’ll be able to inform the distinction as a result of the tough stink bug has bumpy shoulders. It’s additionally known as the four-humped stink bug as a result of there are 4 distinct humps between its neck and shoulder. 

The tough stink bug additionally has crimson dots throughout its mottled brown physique that’s excellent for hiding amongst tree bark. Tough stink bugs eat caterpillars and beetles, but additionally prefer to eat the leaves and seeds of many species of timber, however their feeding habits don’t often trigger a lot harm to be thought of a risk.

Spined Soldier Bug

Spined Soldier Bug - Podisus maculiventris
Spined Soldier Bug – Podisus maculiventris. Supply: Wedontneedfeatherstofly

For those who see stink bug eggs lined up completely in two lengthy rows, it’s most likely among the many Podisus maculiventris species of stink bug, identified generally because the spined soldier bug. The grownup spined soldier bug is mild brown with delicate purple undertones and spiky shoulders that time outward. 

The spined soldier bug is a  predator that enjoys about 90 several types of bugs, together with beetles, corn borers, moths, armyworms, cabbage loopers, and varied caterpillars. Spined soldier bugs feed on plant juice when insect pests aren’t round, however they trigger little or no plant harm. 

The spined soldier bug is present in most elements of North America, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Spined soldier bugs are interested in solanaceous species, they usually can take out varied backyard pests. The principle food regimen of a spined soldier bug is species of pests, with many species of beetles included.  

Two-Noticed Stink Bug

Two-Spotted stink bug - Perillus bioculatus
Two-Noticed stink bug – Perillus bioculatus. Supply: André Garant

Perillus bioculatus, referred to as the two-spotted stink bug, has two distinct patterns which can be fairly related, that includes a keyhole form within the heart of the defend, usually with reddish-orange markings. One is black and crimson, and the opposite is brown, black, and tan with multicolored legs. For those who see them collectively, you may mistake them as completely different bugs! 

They’ve the standard food regimen of caterpillars and beetles. They’re native to North America however can now be present in northern India and jap Europe.

Continuously Requested Questions

Q: What bugs are mistaken for stink bugs?

A: Bugs like kissing bugs, boxelder bugs, and western conifer seed bugs are mistaken for species of stink bugs as a result of they stink whenever you squish them! Nonetheless, they haven’t any relation to stink bugs.

Q: Are stink bugs dangerous?

A: Stink bugs don’t usually chunk and aren’t thought of to be dangerous, though you could discover their odor to be offensive.

Q: What’s the distinction between a stink bug and a defend bug?

A: There isn’t a distinction—they’re known as stink bugs due to their scent and defend bugs due to their form.

Q: What number of completely different stink bugs are there?

A: There are about 5,000 stink bugs all over the world, with 300 or so of these discovered within the US.

Q: What occurs if a stink bug bites you?

A: Nothing will occur as a result of stink bugs don’t chunk. Nonetheless, some individuals could have an allergic response when holding them, particularly if the stink bug releases its stench.

Q: What goal do stink bugs serve?

A: Predatory species of stink bugs clear up the caterpillars and beetle larvae which can be harming your veggies. Pest stink bugs are principally a nuisance for destroying crops, however wounded crops assist feed different bugs like ants and wasps.

Q: What do predatory stink bugs appear like?

A: Predatory stink bugs appear like all the opposite species with their distinctive defend form and antennae. The look of every kind will rely on the species, however most species are brown, inexperienced, or black.

Q: Ought to I fear about stink bugs?

A: Stink bugs can’t trigger structural harm, and solely trigger beauty harm. So, you actually solely want to fret if the bugs multiply quicker than you’ll be able to management them.

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