Green Stink Bug nymph – 9/16/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/16/11

Observation Time: 2:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond dam

Common Name: Green Stink Bug nymph

Scientific Name: Acrosternum hilare

Comments: This striking green stink bug nymph caught my eye as it sat on a rosa rugosa leaf by the pond. The adults are solid green.

I spotted the green stink bug nymph because of its bold, contrasty coloration. Perhaps the reason for the green stink bug nymph’s ostentatious display is to warn potential predators of its stink – the same reason skunks have such bold, visible markings.

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Green Stink Bug Nymph