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Spined Soldier Bug

Podisus maculiventris

Description:

Beneficial predatory stink bug that feeds on a wide variety of insects (including gypsy moths) & agricultural pests. *Note the black streak on the wing membrane where the wings overlap - this is important to identifying Spined Soldier bugs so as not to confuse them with herbivorous stink bugs.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

Spined Soldier bug nymph: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/782...

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2 Comments

Uncle Minty
Uncle Minty 10 years ago

To true!

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textless 10 years ago

Lovely photo... The color of the flower really makes the bug pop out at the viewer.

Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Aug 1, 2011
Submitted on Nov 15, 2011

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