Rough Stink Bug

Subject: Could this be a triatomine (”kissing”) bug?
Location: Austin, TX
December 3, 2013 3:30 pm
I’m concerned this bug might be the potentially deadly kissing bug, especially since my area is particularly at risk. I appreciate anything you can tell me about it!
Signature: Larissa

Rough Stink Bug
Rough Stink Bug

Hi Larissa,
You were observant enough to notice resemblance to the Kissing Bug, and though your insect is in the same order, the two are in different families.  This is a Rough Stink Bug in the genus
Brochymena, and it is perfectly harmless.

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