stink bugs

(Family Pentatomidae)

Overview
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.      
           
 
Description
 
 

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
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
  4/15/2021      
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

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

Suborder

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

Infraorder

Pentatomomorpha  
 

Superfamily

Pentatomoidea (stink bugs, shield bugs, and allies)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

predatory stink bugs (Subfamily Asopinae)

Subfamily Discocephalinae

Subfamily Edessinae

Subfamily Pentatominae

turtle bugs (Subfamily Podopinae)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

stink bugs

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Corium

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

 

Pronotum

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

 

Scutellum

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.

 

Tibia

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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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.

https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/guest-columnists/the-truth-about-stink-bugs/

Pentatomidae

https://insects.fandom.com/wiki/Stink_Bugs_%E2%80%93_Facts,_Traps,_and_Tips

https://www.domyown.com/strube-stink-bug-trap-p-1852.html

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
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Jan 30, 2016

Beautiful Cimice in my hand

 
       

 

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Location: SE Minneapolis, Hennepin County

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

 
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8/12/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

 
  Alfredo Colon
8/4/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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