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stink bug by Loreto Bautista Jr.

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Photo taken at our backyard garden Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Pentatomidae, Greek pente meaning five and tomos meaning section, is a family of insects belonging to order hemiptera that includes some of the stink bugs and shield bugs. Their antennae are 5-segmented, which gives the family its scientific name. Their bodies are usually shield-shaped. The forewings of stink bugs are called hemelytra, with the basal half thickened while the apex is membranous (as are the hindwings). The name stink bug derives from their tendency to eject a foul-smelling glandular substance when disturbed; in some species the liquid contains cyanide compounds with a rancid almond scent. This is a form of antipredator adaptation.

The idiomatic term “stink bug” is also applied to distantly related species such as Boisea trivittata, the “boxelder bug”, and entirely different types of insects such as beetles in the genus Eleodes (“pinacate beetles”).

Many stink bugs and shield bugs are considered agricultural pest insects, because they can create large populations, they suck plant juices and damage crop production, and they are resistant to many pesticides. However, some genera of Pentatomidae are considered highly beneficial: the anchor bug, which can be distinguished by the red-orange anchor shape on the adult, is one example. It is a predator of other insects, especially Mexican bean beetles, Japanese beetles, and other pest insects.

Known as jumiles, chumiles, chinche de monte, or xotlinilli, various stink bugs are part of Mexican cuisine. Known as bọ xít in Vietnamese, stink bugs are also found in Vietnamese cuisine.[citation needed] They are also commonly eaten in Laos, and are regarded as delicious due to their extremely strong odor. The insects are sometimes pounded together with spices and a seasoning to prepare cheo, a paste mixed with chilies and herbs.

There are several subfamilies, of which the Australian Aphylinae is often given family status, but is here retained as a subfamily, following Grazia et al. (2008)

Credits to Wikipedia


bug, stink, insects


  • Ken Boxsell
    Ken Boxsellalmost 6 years ago

    HeY Loreto get that bloody stink bug off the calamansi tree………LOL…….
    Great shot my friend

  • Hard to pick it up.. stinks like a skunk. Lots of fruit on the calamansi so the bug can have some…it needs some Vit C too.Thanks for adding it to your favorites.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • Thanks for featuring it on Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies…much appreciated.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • KristineNora
    KristineNoraalmost 6 years ago

    WoW!!!! Beauty I do not care if it smells Wonderful :D :] k

  • It is OK as long as you’re OK with it…cheers!!! Thanks!!!

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • ps: thanks for adding it to your favorites.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • pryere
    pryerealmost 6 years ago

    Wowser, great shot.

  • Thanks John…nice to hear from you.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • Sheri Scherbarth
    Sheri Scherbarthalmost 6 years ago

    That’s a neat looking bug. Great capture

  • Thanks a lot Sheri.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • saseoche
    saseochealmost 6 years ago

    Superb capture and great macro shot!

  • Maraming Salamat Kabayan!!!

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • jeffrae
    jeffraealmost 6 years ago

    Such a great looking bug with such a stinky name…ah, but fitting.

  • Looks deceive…so beware the stink. Thanks for looking closely…it’s safe.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • John Hooton
    John Hootonalmost 6 years ago

    Super shot of a really futuristic looking bug!

  • Thanks a lot John..looks like it got some armour isn’t it?

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accionealmost 6 years ago

    Great detail in your bug, Congratulations.

  • Thanks heaps Anna.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

    WINTERROSEalmost 6 years ago

    awesome shot

  • Thank you so much!!!

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

  • kilmann
    kilmannalmost 6 years ago

    Do you know Loreto -
    I can’t smell them! lol! Reason why I never had a close look on it! But your closep-up with great detail and nice colours make it rather likeable.

  • My thanks Kilian…glad you had a peep & found it likeable. Cheers my friend.

    – Loreto Bautista Jr.

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