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Green Stink Bug

Acrosternum hilare


The green stink bug or green soldier bug (Acrosternum hilare) is a stink bug belonging to the family Pentatomidae. According to Dr. David Rider of North Dakota State University the genus name is wrong. The genus name Acrosternum should be restricted to a handful of Old World, small, pale green species that live in dry arid areas. The larger, brighter green species that live in both the Old and New Worlds should actually go by the genus name Chinavia, therefore this species should be called Chinavia hilaris. (Wikipedia, 2012)


It is found in orchards, gardens, woodlands and crop fields throughout North America, feeding with their needle-like mouthparts on the juices of a wide variety of plants from May until the arrival of frost. Adults develop a preference for developing seeds and thus become crop pests (tomato, bean, pea, cotton, corn, soybean, eggplant). When no seeds are present, they also feed on stems and foliage, thus damaging several fruit trees, such as the apple, cherry, orange and peach trees. (Wikipedia, 2012)

1 Species ID Suggestions

JasonHarris 11 years ago
Green Stink Bug
Acrosternum hilare Green stink bug

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shekainah d. alaban
shekainah d. alaban 11 years ago

Just curios about the size - is it 1 cm across?

Khathoub 11 years ago


MatthewPratt 11 years ago

I believe this may be a variety of stink bug.

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Polhengoda, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Sep 19, 2012
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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