Stink Bug nymph

Stink Bug nymph Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Stink Bug nymph
  • Order Name: Hemiptera
  • Family Name: Pentatomidae

Many Hemiptera suck plant juices although some have evolved to suck blood and body fluids. Hemiptera groups include water scorpions, water boatman, backswimmers, water striders, plant bugs, bed bugs, assassin bugs, flat bugs, seed bugs, red bugs and stink bugs.

Stink bugs can be recognized by their characteristic oval body shape and each antennae being comprised of five segments. This immature larval stage is considerably more colorful than the adult form which was almost entirely black. True bugs undergo a common form of incomplete metamorphosis with three life stages. The eggs hatches into nymphs which grows ever closer to the adult form through a series of body molts. The last molt renders the final adult form which is then free to reproduce and initiate the next generation. This nymph was quite adept at producing the characteristic foul smell for which they use as a chemical defense tactic.