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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 mid-1990s, has become a major agricultural pest in parts of the country. 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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As of January 2018, brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) have been positively identified in 44 U.S.
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Stink bugs on soybean in northeastern Brazil and a new record on the southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula (L.) (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae).
The lychee stink bug, officially known as Tessaratoma papillosa, is an agricultural pest with a taste for fruit trees, like lychee and longan trees, and is common to south Asia.
Synopsis: The Superfamily Pentatomoidea (stink bugs and their relatives) is comprised of 18 families with over 8,000 species, the largest of which is the family Pentatomidae (about 5,000 species).
The species Pachycoris torridus (Scopoli, 1772) is popularly known as "stink bug of physic nut", due to their attacks to culture of physic nut (Jatropha curcas Linnaeus) (Silva et al., 1968).
"As I was performing, I noticed a stink bug creeping up my microphone.
Live maggots dipped in chocolate; pickled duck tongue; bull's penis; goat testicles; ostrich egg omelet; beaver head soup; fly larvae; stink bug roast; eyeballs in tomato sauce; alligator steak; snake wine; candied ants; bear paws-and Japanese poison fish!
A recent study by the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology found that the stink bug is also rich in nutrients and antioxidants, making it a potentially vital means for improving food and nutritional security as well as the incomes of rural African communities.
Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), has a native range that includes China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
A new county record for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stal) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in Macomb, McDonough County, in west-central Illinois is reported based on findings of adult BMSB in insect collections by students taking an entomology course at Western Illinois University.