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Subject:  Shield bug in South Africa
Geographic location of the bug:  Johannesburg South Africa
Date: 12/01/2017
Time: 02:49 PM EDT
Good day,
Please could you kindly assist. I have found these bugs infesting all my aloe plants. I cannot find them in the net. The closest bug I could find is the African painted bug. They have similar markings but are more horizontal then vertical. The bugs are about 2-5mm long.  They are in huge groups and are causing substantial damage to the plants. They are only on the aloe plants.
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Stink Bugs

Your image includes both a mature winged Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae and immature individuals.  We could not locate any matching images on iSpot.  We will continue to research the identity of this Stink Bug species.

Thanks for the help. A local entomologist identified them for me. They are the 8 backed shield bug.

Update from Kevin Clark:  Flaminia natalensis
Hi Daniel
Hope this helps

Ed. Note:  We are attempting to locate a second image for corroboration, and interestingly, the same image pictured on iNaturalist with the location listed as Zimbabwe is posted to Naturalista, and the map of Mexico and Central America appears.  We cannot locate other images online.

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Subject:  Brown Marmorated Stinkbug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Puget Sound, WA State
Date: 11/01/2017
Time: 08:07 PM EDT
Hello! Thanks for maintaining this cool and informative site! I saw what I think is a Brown Marmorated Stinkbug at my home in a suburb South of Seattle. It’s the second one this year, and I saw one last year as well. Can you possibly confirm? And if it is a Halyomorpha halys, should I report it to my state agricultural authority? I know they are known in Eastern Washington, but I’m not sure about the Puget Sound area. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Jason

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Jason,
This is indeed an invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  The species has spread so far, so quickly in North America (see BugGuide data map) that it has begun posing a serious threat to some agricultural crops and many ornamental plants and fruits and vegetables in home gardens.  Contacting your state agricultural authority at this time is probably not necessary.  We know the species is most likely here to stay.

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Subject:  Bug with distinct markings
Geographic location of the bug:  Singapore
Date: 10/31/2017
Time: 09:46 PM EDT
This bug flew into my room in the late evening. It is a pretty bug with distinct markings. Any idea what is it? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  YT

Shield Bug

Dear YT,
We quickly identified your Shield Bug as
Cantao ocellatus thanks to the Bugs and Insects of Singapore site where it states:  “They are often found on the native plant, balek angin, Mallotus paniculatus.  I had seen this colourful shield bug twice, at the forest edge of Rifle Range Road and a canal in Jurong Woods.”  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist and on Macau Biodiversity where it states:  “Shield bug, reddish or ochre in color with variable number of black or yellow spots and a dark with metallic sheen stripe along the central line of the head. The legs and antennae are also blueish-green with metallic sheen. It can be found on the top of trees, such as Malottus paniculatus.”

Dear Bugman,
Thank you so much for the prompt reply!
Best wishes,
Yueat Tin

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Subject:  Type of bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles
Date: 10/18/2017
Time: 06:04 PM EDT
Found this bug on the main stem of my woody plant. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Abel Z.

African Painted Bug

Dear Abel,
This is
Bagrada hilaris, the African Painted Bug, a recently introduced, invasive Stink Bug that is normally found on plants in the cabbage family, including wild mustard.  Daniel first found African Painted Bugs in his own vegetable garden in 2009, a year after they were first reported as an Invasive Species.  According to BugGuide:  “2008 – CA – earliest NA record: Los Angeles Co., CA 2008” and “hosts on members of the mustard, nightshade, mallow, legume, sunflower and grain families, causes substantial damage to cruciferous crops such as broccoli, cabbage, mustards, and cauliflower, as well as infests a wide range of other crops and weeds species (Palumbo and Natwick 2010). It has become a serious agricultural pest in the sw US.”  It seems the hemp family Cannabaceae can be added to the list of plant families affected by this “serious agricultural pest.”

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Subject:  family coreidae? WhatsApp sp.?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brasil Rio de janeiro
Date: 10/05/2017
Time: 12:04 PM EDT
Hey, whats that? Am i Right???? But whats the specie???
How you want your letter signed:  Loan

Stink Bug

Dear Loan,
Are you certain the hatchlings are the same species as the adult?  The adult is not Coreidae, but rather Stink Bug family Pentatomidae, and it looks exactly like the individual identified on this You Tube video as “Stinkbug species – similar to
Pentatoma rufipes or Euschistus heros” however the striped legs found on your indivdiual and the one in the You Tube video are different from the two species mentioned.  The former is a European species with red legs based on this Nature Spot posting, and the latter has brown legs based on the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee site, so we are confident that neither names species is correct. Your individual looks like this unidentified Stink Bug posted to Insetologia.  Perhaps Cesar Crash will write in with an identification.  The hatchlings might be Coreid Bugs, but we are not certain.

Hemipteran Hatchlings

The young one is diferent from the adult MY mistake
Loan Barros

Thank you for the return and the family is sure Pentatomidae, i made some research this week.
Thank you and ill return for sure, hugs from brazil


Loan Barros
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Subject:  Identification Request
Geographic location of the bug:  Basel, Switzerland
Date: 10/05/2017
Time: 08:29 AM EDT
Please identify the bug in the attached photos. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Maya

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Maya,
This is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a species native to Asia that has been introduced to North America where it quickly spread across the continent because it can feed on so many different plants and because it has no natural enemies.  As the weather begins to cool, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs frequently seek shelter indoors to hibernate.  According to a Journal Article on PLOS One:  “The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB),
Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), native to Asia, is becoming an invasive species with a rapidly expanding range in North America and Europe. In the US, it is a household pest and also caused unprecedented damage to agriculture crops.”

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