Plant-Insect Interaction: Catnip isn’t just for cats

Twice-stabbed stinkbugs (Cosmopepla lintneriana, Pentatomidae) feeding on catnip (Nepeta cataria, Lamiaceae). Photographed 08/02/2010 in Palmyra Michigan.

I don’t think my cats would be happy if they knew their supply of fresh catnip (Nepeta cataria, Lamiaceae) was being pilfered by these twice-stabbed stinkbugs (Cosmopepla lintneriana, Pentatomidae).  By looking at the scutella of these stinkbugs, you can see why they earned the name “twice-stabbed.”

If one of my cats caught them, they’d have to change the name to “47-times stabbed.”

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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One Response to Plant-Insect Interaction: Catnip isn’t just for cats

  1. Pingback: Random Insect: Green stink bug | The Life of Your Time

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