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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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Dynamics and seasonal abundance of stink bugs (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in a cotton-soybean ecosystem.
Agricultural Research Service entomologist Tracy Leskey and her team at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, surveyed forests in Maryland and West Virginia to find out where stink bugs are hiding.
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Entomologists are looking to wage war on stink bugs, which, to date, have been heavily concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic region--chiefly Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The connection between the extent of damage caused by these pests on cabbage and the concentration of glucosinolates in this Brassica has so far not been studied, the same holds true for the significance of glucosinolate concentration in oilseed rape, white mustard and oil radish, which have been used in this study to trap cabbage stink bugs and thus deter them from feeding on cabbage.
Stink bugs feed on developing rice kernels, killing the grain before it is fully grown and causing it to be more breakable during milling.
The majority of these insects were phytophagous members of the stink bug family (Pentatomidae), and included stink bugs (Euschistus vaiolarius Palisot and Thyanta sp.
In 2010, these stink bugs were seen in extremely high numbers in the mid-Atlantic region.
Stink bugs release foul-smelling liquid to deter predators.
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.
One of us (DAR) recalls the day when a particularly interesting box of stink bugs arrived.