Random Insect: Dusky stink bug

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Dusky stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae: Euschistus tristigmus) photographed 09/28/2013 at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

Although there are over 200 species of stink bugs in North America, some are relatively easy to identify. Many bear the dull brownish appearance of the individual shown here, but only the dusky stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae: Euschistus tristigmus) features three prominent black spots down the ventral midline of the abdomen.

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Dusky stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae: Euschistus tristigmus) photographed 09/28/2013 at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

These true bugs can be found in forests and meadows in southern Canada and the northern United States. They use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to feed on the fluids of a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.

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Dusky stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae: Euschistus tristigmus) photographed 09/28/2013 at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

These insects overwinter as adults, and in the twilight of summer this individual was likely looking for some comfortable leaf litter to snuggle up in.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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