Subject: bug hatchlings on fern leaf
Location: SE Ohio
July 4, 2014 5:35 am
A friend posted this and asked what these little critters may be. I haven’t found them anywhere yet. Can you help? Thank you.
These Stink Bug hatchlings look similar to, but distinctly different from the hatchlings of the invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. We would deduce they are likely a native species of Stink Bug. Immature True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera can be very difficult to identify to the species level because many nymphs resemble one another and many nymphs change drastically as they transform into adults.
I told my friend they look like Duracell batteries—copper on one end and gray on the other, so they must be Duracell Fern Bugs. J
It’s a bit disappointing that they are stink bugs. Anything born that pretty should stay that way!
Thank you so much. I’ll send him your answer.