Green Stink Bug nymph?
Location:  San Jose CA
July 27, 2010 11:50 am
Hi again!
My friend found these little buggers all over her pea plants, and asked me to identify them (being the closest thing to a bug ’expert’ my friends know!). I could tell her that they were true bug nymphs, and that they were up to no good, but I can’t figure out exactly what they are. I read that Green Stink Bug nymphs are highly variable, so perhaps that is why I can’t find a photo to match them. They are pretty small, about an 1/8 inch long.
Do you by any chance recognize them?

Green Stink Bug Nymph

Hi BugManDave,
We agree that this looks like a Green Stink Bug Nymph,
Chinavia hilaris, though sometimes nymphs are difficult to distinguish from closely related species.  BugGuide illustrates many of the color variations seen in Green Stink Bug Nymphs.

Location: San Jose, California

8 Responses to Green Stink Bug Nymph

  1. I am sorry to disagree…
    I know very well this bug.
    It is a Nezara viridula larva L.4.
    Plenty of them in Paris, France.

  2. You are welcome. I have no merit. I just know two or three names of insects and the Nezara viridula larvas are the most common in my place. So I can be sure to recognize one when I see it… 😉

  3. Valerie says:

    I found this same bug on my scarlet runner beans in Redwood City, CA.

    • Brek says:

      Yeah, me too. Scarlett & other runner beans just welcomed a new resident. Los Angeles, CA.

    • meg says:

      They have devoured all my scarlet runner flowers in Seattle. I picked them all off, but they’ve stripped the vines, so…

      • bugman says:

        Stink Bugs suck fluids. If your vines were stripped of leaves and blooms, it must be something else, like Caterpillars or Grasshoppers.

  4. Janice says:

    They are on my tomato plants this summer and fall in Sacramento.

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