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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 10:56 pm    Post subject: Green and brown leaf shaped mystery bug Reply with quote

Buggered if I know Laughing Any ideas - is it a pest or harmless?

Saw a purple-ish version as well.
They seem to be very docile, not at all quick, and hang around the beans and peas.

Green, leaf shaped flat body with tan brown tail, ankles and eyes



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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember being horrified of these when I was a kid, I knew them as 'stink bugs' as apparently they are able to produce a pungent odour when threatened. They are from the 'Pentatomidae' family, don't know much about about them, but I think they are considered a pest.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a google trawl, think you may be right, but it emitted no smell, anway - hope someone else can clarify, just to be sure.
Many thanks for the pointer.

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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not as easy a choice as one may think as the stink bugs do suck plant sap from : brassicas, squash, peas, beans, corn, tomatoes and peaches causing scarring and dimpling.However they prey on : armyworms, cabbage loopers,colorado potato beetle and mexican bean beetles. The soldier bug is the best known of the family and I have a permanent barracks for them in the perennial shrub border.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shield bug or stink bug alright.
Minimal damage to plants.
I always leave them be.

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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks folks
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