HEMIPTERA (TRUE BUG)
Piercing and sucking mouthparts - or rostrum - are what differentiate True Bugs from the rest and this means that the insects generally fed on plants as a natural diet. Around 12,000 such species are recognized in North America alone. These bugs can be found on land and in the water and have thick wings kept close to the body. A prominent identification feature is the triangular-shaped scutellum located on the thorax aft of the protonum. The Hemiptera order covers True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, and related insects.
Common Name: "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug"
Scientific Name: Halyomorpha halys
TAXONOMIC BREAKDOWN: The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Halyomorpha halys.
Antenna: Antenna are noticeably apparent on this insect.
Garden Pest: Known to be destructive of garden plants.
Indoors: Can be found indoors; inside dwellings.
Nocturnal: Most likely to be spotted during night time hours.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Pest: Generally considered a pest to humans.
Piercing / Sucking Mouth Parts: A common trait of 'True Bugs'.
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
Small / Tiny: Noticeably small to the naked eye.
Spotted Pattern: Noted for spots or spotted pattern.
Striped / Banded: Noticeable stripes or banding pattern.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
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The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.55 inches (14 mm)
0.63 inches (16 mm)
It has a typical diet of the following: soybeans; fig; plant stems; fruit; leaves; paulownia.
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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