Daniel – Stink Bug Nymph?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
September 10, 2011 4:23 pm
Is this a stink bug nymph? If so, is it a beneficial or harmful variety?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon
Good call on the Stink Bug family Pentatomidae, but just because this Painted Bug is small, does not mean it is a nymph. We first created a post for the African Invasive Exotic Painted Bug, Bagrada hilaris, in 2009 when we found them eating our collard greens. We quickly learned that they had only been reported in the country since August 2008, and that they were first noticed in Orange County which you may read about on the Natural History of Orange County website. We had a massive infestation on the collards and the kale, but for the past year, we have not noticed them in the garden. You should eliminate them. We did not spray, but we destroyed their habitat and food supply by removing all plants in the cabbage family. Luckily they had gone to seed and needed to be removed anyway. Once the food was gone and they had nothing to eat, they vanished.