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Soldier Bug
Pentatomidae
Podisus maculiventris
Type: Insect

Effect: Helper
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Pentatomidae Family
Podisus Genus


Location / Where this Creature is found:

Found in Amasa Valley, Delta, Utah.

Description

Their antennae are 5-segmented, which gives the family its scientific name. Their bodies are usually shield-shaped. The stink bugs have thick wing covers known as shields.

General information about Soldier Bug :

The name stinkbug derives from from their tendency to eject a foul-smelling substance when disturbed; the liquid containing cyanide compounds with a rancid almond scent. This is known as autohaemorrhaging, and is a form of antipredator adaptation.
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.
AKA Pentatomid, Stink Bug



Soldier Bug




Soldier Bug


  Identifier Research
Soldier Bug
Thunder
July 19, 2010
Pentatomidae
Podisus maculiventris
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This is the one refered to as a soldier bug

Comment: Soldier Bug

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Thunder
Thunder
August 11, 2010
I never had an issue with them before this year...although they keep away Japanese beetles....they also suck the life out of tomatoes!




August 11, 2010
I love these little guys. Every once in a while one would get in our house, but they never put off any stinky material. I'm glad they keep away Japanese beetles.
gardengeek
gardengeek
July 19, 2010
Great! Thank you Thunder!
Thunder
Thunder
July 19, 2010
Often called stink bugs or shield bugs, often considered an agricultural pest due to it sucking the juices from plants. It is also a predator of other insects, such as the Mexican Bean Beetle and Japanese beetles (among others)
check this out....

en.wikipedia.org wiki File:Pentatomidae01.jpg

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