Subject: Spined soldier bug?
Location: Stafford, VA
November 12, 2012 7:11 pm
We spotted this creature on the side of one of our beehives. He appears to be eating a honeybee. Is it what I think it is–a spined soldier bug?
Signature: growgreen, VA south of DC
This predatory Stink Bug does appear to be a Spined Soldier Bug, Podisus maculiventris. Though they are beneficial predators, we would recommend relocating it away from your hives.
Thank you very much for this identification and advice.
Love your site.