Subject: What’s This Bug on my Super Lemon Haze hybrid?
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Time: 08:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Dear Bugman,
I was out inspecting my garden this morning and discovered a new bug on my Super Lemon Haze hybrid. Is this a friend or foe? I am especially concerned as my plants are beginning to bud.
How you want your letter signed: Constant Gardener
Dear Constant Gardener,
This is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, and most members of the family feed on plants by piercing the surface and sucking fluids with a proboscis, while others are predatory and beneficial in the garden. We quickly identified your individual as Thyanta pallidovirens thanks to this BugGuide image, but unfortunately, BugGuide does not provide many specifics on the species or its feeding habits. Encyclopedia of Life calls this species the Red Shouldered Stink Bug. The University of California Integrated Pest Management System recognizes it as a pest of tomatoes and other crops, so our opinion is “foe.”
Facebook Comment from Jason Stowe:
It seems the easiest way to get a question answered or a bug identified is to take it on a pot plant.
Rebuttal from Our Editorial Staff:
Over the years, we have created tags related to specific plants that have ecosystems associated with them, including Milkweed Meadow, Goldenrod Meadow and Tomato Bugs as well as the recently added What’s on my Woody Plant?, the latter focusing on insects found by home Cannabis growers. What’s That Bug? currently has 26,186 unique postings and only 33 are archived on the tag that targets Cannabis growers. That represents .126% of our postings. That said, Jason Stowe is exaggerating. By comparison there are 973 postings currently archived on WTB? Down Under representing 3.72% of our postings, so, in fact, a far easier way to get something identified is to move to Australia. Also, for the record, what we really hate identifying are victims of Unnecessary Carnage, yet we have identified 263 of them, and that is only the submissions we have posted and tagged, and does not take into consideration replies we have made but not posted.