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Spined Soldier Bug nymph

Podisus maculiventris


Spotted preying on a Tobacco Hornworm egg (Manduca sexta). Like the adults (, predatory stink bug nymphs are beneficial predators that feed on a variety of crop & garden pests.


Based on its predatory nature, usually in crops & gardens where its prey lives.


The Hornworm's 'horn' is visible poking through the bottom of the egg membrane.

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Small Wonders
Small Wonders 12 years ago

Thank you Lars & textless :)

textless 12 years ago

Beautiful and interesting. And I'd third the idea of a beneficial insect mission. :)

LarsKorb 12 years ago

Absolutely stunning! Flaming colors!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 12 years ago

Thank you for the nice comments :)

@ceherzog, thank you, thank you! I couldn't agree more... There is a need to educate & bring awareness to these beneficials so that we can allow these insects to do their natural work and we as humans can lay off the pesticides ;)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Interesting and true learning lesson..!!

Latimeria 12 years ago

Sheesh, destroying its chances before it even hatches, that's harsh! Such is the life of an insect, beautiful shot!

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Wow! Such detail and so interesting.

ceherzog 12 years ago

Excellent! I'm so glad you are photographing beneficial insects...that would be a good Mission for Project Noah!

AnnvanWijgerden 12 years ago

Great shot!

Small Wonders
Spotted by
Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Sep 1, 2010
Submitted on Nov 15, 2011

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