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Spined Soldier Bug nymph

Podisus maculiventris

Description:

Spotted preying on a Tobacco Hornworm egg (Manduca sexta). Like the adults (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/782...), predatory stink bug nymphs are beneficial predators that feed on a variety of crop & garden pests.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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

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9 Comments

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thank you Lars & textless :)

textless
textless 9 years ago

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

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

Absolutely stunning! Flaming colors!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 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 9 years ago

Interesting and true learning lesson..!!

Latimeria
Latimeria 9 years ago

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

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Wow! Such detail and so interesting.

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

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

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

Great shot!

Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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

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