Pretty bug, but good or bad?
These pretty bugs are all over my neglected broccoli, and I’m wondering if they are feeding on the plants or on the aphids. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I spent a couple of hours looking at pictures of bugs on the web without finding one that looks like this. Surprising, since the pattern is so distinctive. They’re slightly under a half an inch long, not including legs/antennae.

Hi Ken,
This is a Southern Green Stink Bug nymph, Nezara viridula. Adults are winged and fly. They have adapted to life in California. BugGuide has information on this species, which is a plant feeder and can do considerable crop damage.

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