stink bugs

(Family Pentatomidae)

               
Overview

Pentatomidae is the large family of true bugs known as stink bugs. They occur worldwide on every continent including Antarctica. There are more than 4,700 species worldwide, more than 220 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 27 species in Minnesota. Most are plant feeders and some are serious agricultural pests. Some are predatory and are considered beneficial. They sometimes seek shelter indoors in the fall. They release a powerful odor when threatened, and this is the source of the common name of the family.

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

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Identification

Adults are 316 to 1116 (5 to 18 mm) long, broadly oval, and somewhat shield-shaped. The antennae have five segments, and this is the source of the scientific name of the family. Between the exoskeletal plate covering the thorax (pronotum) and the forewing bases there is a triangular plate (scutellum). The scutellum is very large but it does not reach the tip of the abdomen and it is not longer than the thickened portion of the forewing (corium). The fourth leg segment (tibia) has weak spines or no spines.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

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

 

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Euhemiptera

 

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Neohemiptera

 

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Prosorrhyncha

 

Suborder:

Heteroptera (true bugs)

 

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Euheteroptera

 

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Neoheteroptera

 

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Panheteroptera

 

Infraorder:

Pentatomomorpha

 

Superfamily:

Pentatomoidea

 

Family:

Pentatomidae (stink bugs)

 
Subordinate Taxa

anchor stink bug (Stiretrus anchorago)

Banasa stink bug (Banasa dimiata)

brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)

brown stink bug (Euschistus servus)

dusky stink bug (Euschistus tristigmus luridus)

four-humped stink bug (Brochymena quadripustulata)

green stink bug (Acrosternum hilare)

juniper stink bug (Banasa euchlora)

narrow stink bug (Mecidea major)

one-spotted stink bug (Euschistus variolarius)

predatory stink bug (Perillus circumcinctus)

predatory stink bug (Podisus brevispinus)

predatory stink bug (Podisus placidus)

predatory stink bug (Podisus serieventris)

red-shouldered stink bug (Thyanta custator)

rough stink bug (Brochymena arborea)

stink bug (Aelia americana)

stink bug (Chlorochroa persimilis)

stink bug (Coenus delius)

stink bug (Dendrocoris humeralis)

stink bug (Euschistus ictericus)

stink bug (Holcostethus limbolarius)

stink bug (Menecles insertus)

stink bug (Mormidea lugens)

stink bug (Neottiglossa undata)

stink bug (Trichopepla atricornis)

twice-stabbed stink bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

stink bugs

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Corium

The thickened basal portion of the front wing that lies between the clavus and the membrane of insects in the family Hemiptera.

 

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.

 

Tibia

The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot). The fifth segment of a spider leg or palp.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily: Pentatomoidea
Family: Pentatomidae

- Banasa (stink bug)
- Banasa calva (stink bug)
- Banasa dimidiata (stink bug)
- Brochymena arborea (rough stink bug)
- Brochymena quadripustulata (Four-humped Stink Bug)
- Chinavia hilaris (Green Stink Bug)
- Cosmopepla lintneriana (Twice-stabbed Stink Bug)
- Dendrocoris humeralis (stink bug)
- *Euschistus*
- Halyomorpha halys (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug)
- Hymenarcys nervosa (stink bug)
- Menecles insertus (stink bug)
- Murgantia histrionica (Harlequin bug)
- Podisus maculiventris (Spined Soldier Bug)
- Podisus serieventris (predatory stink bug)

 
     

 

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Oct 2, 2013

Damn stink bugs! I am glad I am not the only one that has some. Time for the Pyrethoids! This article told me nothing about how to get rid of them.

https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/guest-columnists/the-truth-about-stink-bugs/

Pentatomidae

https://insects.fandom.com/wiki/Stink_Bugs_%E2%80%93_Facts,_Traps,_and_Tips

https://www.domyown.com/strube-stink-bug-trap-p-1852.html

Synthetic Pyrethroids are particularly effective against these pests because they rapidly effect the insect and paralyze their nervous system.. The most common application method of this compound is spraying it in a liquid from around your home or where you have noticed the insects.

   
       
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Jan 30, 2016

Beautiful Cimice in my hand

   
       

 

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Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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