Subject: Little Stinkers
Geographic location of the bug: Andover, NJ
Time: 03:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi Daniel,
Just a share. I found a little cluster of what I believe to be Marmolated Stink Bugs on a hibiscus plant and have been keeping an eye on them. At first they move around together like a little battalion – very cute. Today, however, they molted and started setting out on their own. All were black except one that is white. I thought that was odd, but read here that sometimes freshly molted nymphs of this species are white, so assume that is what it is. I am attached a couple of photos showing both color variations as well as one of a nymph inspecting the exuvia, almost as if to say “I can’t believe I used to fit into that thing.”
Hope you are having a great, buggy weekend.
How you want your letter signed: Deborah Bifulco
Based on this BugGuide image, your nymphs are in the second instar phase, meaning they have molted once since hatching. They change and get larger after each molt.