stink bugs

(Family Pentatomidae)

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  Pentatomidae is the large family of true bugs known as stink bugs. They occur worldwide on every continent including Antarctica. There are more than 4,700 species worldwide, more than 220 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 27 species in Minnesota. Most are plant feeders and some are serious agricultural pests. Some are predatory and are considered beneficial. They sometimes seek shelter indoors in the fall. They release a powerful odor when threatened, and this is the source of the common name of the family.      

Adults are 316 to 1116 (5 to 18 mm) long, broadly oval, and somewhat shield-shaped. The antennae have five segments, and this is the source of the scientific name of the family. Between the exoskeletal plate covering the thorax (pronotum) and the forewing bases there is a triangular plate (scutellum). The scutellum is very large but it does not reach the tip of the abdomen and it is not longer than the thickened portion of the forewing (corium). The fourth leg segment (tibia) has weak spines or no spines.


Distribution Map



24, 27, 29, 30, 82.



Hemiptera (true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies)  
  No Rank Euhemiptera  
  No Rank Neohemiptera  
  No Rank Prosorrhyncha  


Heteroptera (true bugs)  
  No Rank Euheteroptera  
  No Rank Neoheteroptera  
  No Rank Panheteroptera  




Pentatomoidea (stink bugs, shield bugs, and allies)  

Subordinate Taxa


predatory stink bugs (Subfamily Asopinae)

Subfamily Discocephalinae

Subfamily Edessinae

Subfamily Pentatominae

turtle bugs (Subfamily Podopinae)






Common Names


stink bugs









The thickened basal portion of the front wing that lies between the clavus and the membrane of insects in the family Hemiptera.



The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.



The exoskeletal plate covering the rearward (posterior) part of the middle segment of the thorax in some insects. In Coleoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera, the dorsal, often triangular plate behind the pronotum and between the bases of the front wings. In Diptera, the exoskeletal plate between the abdomen and the thorax.



The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot). The fifth segment of a spider leg or palp.






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  Stink Bugs Pentatomidae
Shane Smith

Oct 2, 2013

Damn stink bugs! I am glad I am not the only one that has some. Time for the Pyrethoids! This article told me nothing about how to get rid of them.


Synthetic Pyrethroids are particularly effective against these pests because they rapidly effect the insect and paralyze their nervous system.. The most common application method of this compound is spraying it in a liquid from around your home or where you have noticed the insects.

  Pentatomidae in my hand

Jan 30, 2016

Beautiful Cimice in my hand




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  Gib Ahlstrand

Location: SE Minneapolis, Hennepin County

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

  Alfredo Colon

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

  Alfredo Colon

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)







Created: 9/25/2020

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