twice-stabbed stink bug

(Cosmopepla lintneriana)

Conservation Status
twice-stabbed stink bug
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not listed

     
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not listed

     
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Description
 
 

Twice-stabbed stink bug is a small black and red stink bug.

The body is black and roughly shield-shaped (broad-shouldered).

The upper plate covering the first segment of the thorax (pronotum) is black with bright red markings, including a band from side to side, a stripe on the midline, and thin borders on the sides. The plate covering the third segment of the thorax (scutellum) is large and triangular, but it is not longer than the thickened part of the forewing, and does not reach the tip of the abdomen. It is black with two distinct red spots on the margin near the end (apex). These spots are most likely the origin of this insect’s common name twice-stabbed stink bug.

The abdomen is black with a narrow red border. Some or all of the markings on some individuals show little or no red, revealing the tan or beige base coloration. The border of the abdomen often lacks red pigmentation.

The forewings are thickened and black at the base, membraneous and clear at the tip.

The head is black. The antennae have 5 segments.

The fourth leg segment (tibia) has no spines.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: to ¼

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Early spring to early late fall

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

Like all stink bugs, it releases a foul odor when threatened.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

The female lays a mass of eggs on the underside of a leaf. The eggs hatch in 1 to 2 weeks.

Adults overwinter on the ground under leaf litter. They become active when the ground warms in the spring.

 
     
 

Nymph Food

 
 

 

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Plant juices

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

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

Suborder

Heteroptera (true bugs)  
 

Infraorder

Pentatomomorpha (pentatomomorph bugs)  
 

Superfamily

Pentatomoidea  
 

Family

Pentatomidae (stink bugs)  
 

Subfamily

Pentatominae  
  Tribe Carpocorini  
 

Genus

Cosmopepla  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Cimex carnifex

Cosmopepla bimaculata

Cosmopepla carnifex

Pentatoma bimaculata

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

twice-stabbed stink bug

two-spotted stink bug

wee harlequin bug

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

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).

 

 

 

 

 

       
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About

Published on Jun 5, 2010

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (04 June 2010).

   
       
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Published on May 26, 2010

Photographed near Fisher, Minnesota (26 May 2010).

   
       

 

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6/17/2018

Location: Lester Prairie, MN


     
     
 
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