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beautiful iridescent green stink bug with two orange spots on thorax-maybe Florida Predatory Stink bug?
July 15, 2009
Hey bugman,
I found this stink bug outside our back door on Friday, July 10, 2009 and thought it was so beautiful. I think it might be a Florida predatory Stink bug as I have seen some pictures of them that look kind of like this. I found one last summer, however, that looked a lot different than this one. Is this one a Florida Predatory Stink Bug? Thanks for any help you can give me. And again, thanks for such a wonderful website. I come back here several times a day to look at all the wonderful pictures.
Thanks Again,
Michael Davis
Seymour (just south of Knoxville), Tennessee

Florida Predatory Stink Bug

Florida Predatory Stink Bug

Hi Michael,
You are absolutely correct.  This is a Florida Predatory Stink Bug, Euthyrhynchus floridanus.  We also frequently get identification request for the brightly colored hatchlings.  Because of its coloration, the Florida Predatory Stink Bug is sometimes called a Halloween Bug.

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7 Responses to Florida Predatory Stink Bug

  1. Wanda Stephens says:

    I found a group of about 10-12 nymphs of the Florida Predatory Stink Bug on a tree in my daughter’s backyard in Shallotte, NC. One scurried around by itself. The group sourrounded a green inchworm, which was dead and blackened. How common are these insects? Should I worry about their presence? It looks like everything I’ve read indicates they’re beneficial. but I’m not sure.

    I can send pics.

  2. taylor says:

    I recently found a florida predatory stink bug in my back yard, but I live in NC. are they common in NC?

  3. Ben says:

    So how do I kill these? Any tips to kill or repel them? I spray Ortho Home Defense around my house about once a month and it does nothing to these bugs. I have hundreds of them on one side of my house and am about to sell and really don’t want them there. A few I don’t mind but hundreds is unsightly.

  4. Frankie says:

    I found one just outside my house. I know they won’t bother me, but yet I don’t how they are beneficial to me or the grass and flowers?

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