Mating Rough Stink Bugs enamor child

Subject:  Please ID!
Geographic location of the bug:  NE Florida
Date: 08/13/2021
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help us ID this bug! My 5 y/o is enamored.
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah C

Mating Rough Stink Bugs

Dear Sarah,
This is not a bug.  It is two bugs that are enamored with one another.  These are mating Rough Stink Bugs in the genus
Brochymena based on this BugGuide image. and according to BugGuide:  “recorded hosts include members of 18 plant families.”  If your five-year old is enamored, perhaps this is a good time to begin that conversation about the birds and the bees and the stink bugs.

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