These little brown stinkbugs, and I use the term loosely, lurk
in the vegetation near my Salvia flowers. There are "Brown
Stinkbugs," and stinkbugs that are the color brown. Mine fall into
the latter category.
This little stinkbug has its proboscis in a tiny
Phyla Nodiflora flower
blooming in my lawn. My butterflies
Stinkbugs aren't fond of posing for me. They tend to slip around the
stem or duck beneath a leaf when I approach them. The bug on the flower
must haven been mighty hungry. Notice that it is green underneath.
Some of my stinkbugs are green below, and some are yellow. I thought
they were different species until I found this stinkbug pair on
Look under the yellow bug on the right. See its proboscis folded up
underneath? That's what it uses to slurp food from the plants. I
understand why farmers hate stinkbugs; they wreck crops and we end up
paying more for our food at the store because they do. That said, I'm
still not going to go squash my bugs
; they also help control
you ever get a bunch of little flat burrs
on your socks or pants? This
stinkbug is damaging those Desmodium seed burrs
Stinkbugs are also fond of Firebush
, but instead of going into the
like the bees
do, they go right through it. I guess it's the only
way their proboscis will reach the yummy stuff.
Take a closer look at this stinkbug on the red
flower. That is
not a reflection.
Of course, big bugs, not that you can call these big, make little bugs.
Little stinkbugs are tricky - each nymph stage, or instar, looks
different. I tend to photograph live bugs in their habitat, or in the
case of a few of these bugs, I pick up a bit of their habitat and then
put it back. When I find a stinkbug nymph I cannot always say with
certainty which kind of stinkbug it is. Some of them, like the
learning to recognize. I'm still figuring out my
, but here's my best guess
for little stinkbugs that are brown. I think that these bugs are
Euschistus quadrator stinkbugs.
Yes, the brown bug is out of focus. No, there isn't something on my
glasses. Look PAST the stinkbug at what its foot is resting on.
I've seen enough bugs
to know that proximity is no
guarantee of relationship, but mating bugs and a nymph on the
same plant seems to weigh the balance in favor of the possibility. The
green bug that the brown bug was stepping on looks like a flying saucer
I left a bit of my thumbnail and fingertips in this stinkbug nymph
picture so you can see how tiny the green bug is. It is standing on
This nymph is even smaller. Look at the ridges of my fingerprint beneath
it! I tried to get it to stand very still on my fingertip, but it kept
running so I put it back on the Salvia plant.