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stink bug,

member of a large, widely distributed family (Pentatomidae) of true bugsbug,
common name correctly applied to insects belonging to the order Hemiptera, although members of the order Homoptera (e.g., mealybug) are sometimes referred to as bugs, as are other insects in general.
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 with flattened, shield-shaped bodies. Most are 1-4 to 1-2 in. (6–12 mm) long. Those species whose hard upper covering, or scutellum, covers most of the abdomen are known as shield bugs, as name also applied to bugs of the family Acanthosomatidae. An unpleasant-smelling secretion is emitted from two glands on the thorax when stink bugs are disturbed.

Most stink bugs suck plant juices; some feed on other insects. Certain species, such as the brightly colored harlequin bug, are destructive to garden crops. The browm marmorated stink bug, an East Asian native that probably entered the NE United States sometime in the 1990s, has become a major agricultural pest in the Middle Atlantic states. In the fall, this species seeks shelter inside buildings, becoming a household nuisance.

Many stink bugs are protectively colored in brown or green; a black species is common on blackberries and raspberries. The eggs are usually shaped like squat barrels with hinged lids and are glued upright in double rows to the leaf surface. The young mature in five nymphal stages (see insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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). Stink bugs of several species are used as human food in Mexico, Asia, and Africa. There are over 5,000 species, with several hundred in North America.

Stink bugs are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Hemiptera, family Pentatomidae.

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Reduction in yield and quality of cotton damaged by green stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).
As part of a project known as the "Great Stink Bug Count," citizens from the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest regions of the United States recorded daily counts of stink bugs, along with their locations on residences and the time of each tally.
Wine tasters have been able to detect stink bug odor in wines made from grapes that had as little as one bug per three clusters.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), while a severe agricultural and homeowner pest on the US east coast, is a relatively new invasive pest in CA and its distribution within the state is not well understood.
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In 2010, these stink bugs were seen in extremely high numbers in the mid-Atlantic region.
Stink bugs are not known to cause harm to humans, although homeowners are bothered when they enter homes, noisily fly around and drop unexpectedly onto the dinner table.
Inter-and intraspecific variation in defensive compounds produced by five neotropical stink bug species (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).
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The very idea of chewing bugs horrified Peter until he had his first taste of live stink bug, or jumil, in Mexico.