Stink bug or spined soldier bug?
Location: Northern VA, USA
October 3, 2010 8:01 pm
I’m still having a hard time distinguishing a stink bug from a spined soldier bug. In this photo, I think I’ve got a spined solider bug, but I’m not sure.
Signature: Patty in VA
Your insect is both a Stink Bug and a Spined Soldier Bug. Stink Bug is a general name for members of the family Pentatomidae. Spined Soldier Bugs are in the family Pentatomidae, and they are further classified in the genus Podisus, which you may see on BugGuide. While most Stink Bugs feed on plants using their sucking mouthparts, and many Stink Bugs are considered agricultural pests that would not be welcome in the garden, the Spined Soldier Bugs are predators, and though they may also prey on beneficial insects, their presence would generally be welcomed in the garden.
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