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colorful little bug
Location: Annaheim, Saskatchewan, Canada
March 28, 2012 5:45 am
hi, at work recently we found a small black and orange bug. it has an odd bell shaped pattern on its back and on its thorax (i think, its middle part) there are two eye spots. i thought it was looking like a cute little bug until i noticed its rather long and pointy mouth parts.
i’ve included some pics of him running around in the bottom of a styrofoam cup, and one pic of him on his back.
we are curious to find out just what kind of bug he is and would appreciate your input, thank you kindly.
Signature: Tim

Two Spotted Stink Bug

Hi Tim,
Your Two Spotted Stink Bug is a predatory species, and it uses that “rather long and pointy mount” to suck the vital juices from its prey.  Though we do not recall receiving any reports of people being bitten by a Two Spotted Stink Bug, we believe a painful bite may result if it is carelessly handled.  Many Stink Bugs pass the winter by hibernating as adults, and that would explain its appearance early in the spring.  See BugGuide for additional information.

awesome, thank you so much for identifying it so quickly, i was completely off target and looking into assassin bugs instead of stink bugs, lol. everyone at work was interested to know just what kind of bug it was. it’s probably more common than we would think and just happened to notice this one.
thanks again for your prompt response, great site and keep up the good work!

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Canada

2 Responses to Two Spotted Stink Bug

  1. Al Smith says:

    Thanks for the great site. Found this bug on dog 12/8/18 in Colorado. We’ve been having some warmer weather lately and assumed she picked it up outside.

  2. MeMyself AndI says:

    In Colorado, this bug eats mainly potato bugs. It will protect your potato plants quite nicely. It won’t harm your dog or you.

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