Stink Bug Halloween Costume

found (bar)hopping and (pub)crawling
Location: Richmond, VA
June 18, 2011 12:36 am
One evening, late last October, we found this specimen scurrying around downtown Richmond, VA. Appears to be a female of the species, any ideas? Thanks in advance!
Signature: J

Stink Bug

Hi J,
What a masterful homage to a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae.  The scutellum and structure of the wings makes identification quite easy.  We suspect it is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  We also suspect it was trying to gain access to a warm interior so it could hibernate until spring.  The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive exotic species believed to have been introduced from China into the state of Maryland and it has since spread to other parts of North America.  Homemakers are often dismayed at the large numbers of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs that enter homes as the weather begins to cool.  Interestingly, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was our Bug of the Month in October 2010 when these photos were taken.  Thanks for entertaining us and providing a nice final posting for this morning.  Now we can attend to some much needed gardening.

Stink Bug attempting to pass the winter indoors

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for the response; you’ve resolved our fear that we were sharing drinks with a roach.
Kind regards,

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