Banasa stink bug

(Banasa dimidiata)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

Banasa stink bug

NatureServe

not listed

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Widespread and very common

Flight/Season

June to October

Habitat

 

Size

Total Length: 5 16 to 7 16

         
          Photo by Lonnie Olson

Identification

This is a colorful, relatively small, 5 16 to 7 16 long stink bug. It is common and widespread in the United states except in the Great Plains states.

The color is highly variable. The plate over the first thoracic segment (pronotum) is light green toward the head, burgundy-red toward the abdomen. The plate over the second thoracic segment (scutellum) is large, triangular, and often green with a light green spot at the tip. Sometimes the scutellum is flushed with burgundy-red, sometimes completely burgundy-red. The spot is always at least partly light green.

There are two pairs of wings. The forewings are longer than and cover the hind wings. They have a thickened section at the base (hemelytra) and a thin membranous section at the tip with a clear dividing line between the two. The hymelytra may be green, green flushed with burgundy-red, or completely burgundy-red. The hindwings are thin and membranous.

The head is reddish and has darker punctures.

 
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Larval Food

A variety of trees and shrubs

 
Adult Food

A variety of trees and shrubs

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30.


Comments

What’s in a Name?
This insect was called Banasa dimiata when it was first described in 1832. In 1859 it was renamed Banasa dimidiata. The latter word translates to “divided in half”, and refers to the bi-colored pronotum. Not all sources have accepted the name change, and both names are in use today. The term Banasa refers to a colony in Mauritania. It is a pronoun and therefore capitalized.


Taxonomy

Order:

Hemiptera (true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies)

 

No Rank:

Euhemiptera

 

No Rank:

Neohemiptera

 

No Rank:

Prosorrhyncha

 

Suborder:

Heteroptera (true bugs)

 

No Rank:

Euheteroptera

 

No Rank:

Neoheteroptera

 

No Rank:

Panheteroptera

 

Infraorder:

Pentatomomorpha

 

Superfamily:

Pentatomoidea

 

Family:

Pentatomidae (stink bugs)

 

Subfamily:

Pentatominae

 

Tribe:

Pentatomini

 
Synonyms

Banasa dimiata

 
Common
Names

Banasa stink bug

green burgundy stink bug

red-backed stink bug


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened forewings on an insect used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying, in beetles and true bugs.

 

Pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.

 

Scutellum

The exoskeletal plate covering the rearward (posterior) part of the middle segment of the thorax in some insects. In Coleoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera, the dorsal, often triangular plate behind the pronotum and between the bases of the front wings. In Diptera, the exoskeletal plate between the abdomen and the thorax.

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Shield Bug , Stink Bug - several found one morning in May on a wall. May 6, 2013

 
     
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Published on Jun 11, 2012

Stink Bugs - Commonly seen in the Spring among trees and shrubs. They may survive the winter in covered areas. I have never actually noticed the "stink" of these bugs. Perhaps because they are garden pests is why gardeners say they stink ?

 
     
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Stinkbug doing a Pre-Flight Check
( Banasa dimiata ) September 20, 2012

 
     

 

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7/27/2018

Location: Grant county. Elbow Lake

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