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bug I've never seen before

Posted by judo_and_peppers Tampa FL (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 0:00

I have no idea what this is. I've seen 4 of them in the past week. I did manage to get what I thought were good pictures though. anyone seen this before?

I will be posting this in the pest forum too, but since this is on pepper plants I figured here would be appropriate too.


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RE: bug I've never seen before

Looks like a stink bug to me.
Randal


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RE: bug I've never seen before

Yeah, a shield bug likely from the stink bug family... so don't smash it! Some suck plant juices, others eat other insects. I wouldn't worry about it unless you start seeing lots of them.


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I googled shield bug, and didn't find anything that matched what I saw. not saying it's not one, as it does most certainly have a similar body shape. but I didn't find anything with similar color patterns. every time I see one it seems to just be chillin on a leaf, minding its own business. maybe they're alright.


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Dont know if its good or bad but from the bottom pick it looks like its proboscis(spelling) is sticking in your leaf.


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It is a nymph stage, that's probably why you aren't finding a visual match. So many look similar when young.


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Here's a series of photos I took of a shield bug molting into the next stage several years ago. The larvae looking thing was what eventually came out of the bug's body...

Here is a link that might be useful: Shield bug molting

This post was edited by mecdave on Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 22:20


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RE: bug I've never seen before

Could it be a harlequin bug?


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Nymph stage of Florida Predatory Stink bug?


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I don't know what it is, but the guy on the bottom looks like it is sucking on that leaf, and the leaf on top looks like it has endured some damage.


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rhizo assures us (in Garden Clinic forum) that it is a good guy - some sort of predatory stink bug.

Rhizo Surrogate


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