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Species Chinavia hilaris - Green Stink Bug

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Pentatomoidea
Family Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs)
Subfamily Pentatominae
Tribe Nezarini
Genus Chinavia (Green Stink Bug)
Species hilaris (Green Stink Bug)
Other Common Names
Green Soldier Bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chinavia hilaris (Say)
Orig. Comb: Pentatoma hilaris Say 1832
Syn: Acrosternum (Chinavia) hilaris (Say)
Syn: Nezara hilaris (Say)
Explanation of Names
hilaris - Latin for 'lively, cheerful'
13-19 mm (1)
Key to eastern spp. adapted from(1):
body elongate oval; head more elongate, juga equaling tylus; anterolateral pronotal margin straight or nearly so; beak reaching at least middle coxae ... ... hilaris
body broadly oval; head short, broad, juga slightly longer than tylus; anterolateral pronotal margin strongly arcuate; beak not surpassing middle coxae ... ... pensylvanica
scent gland channel extends more than half-way to edge of metapleuron

(shorter, more rounded in Nezara)(2)
adult scutellum has pale dot in each basal corner; third and fourth antennal segments blackish, and color is restricted to apical half of segments; connexivum usually has conspicuous dark dot on apical margin of each abdominal segment; side of pronotum straight or slightly convex in anterior half; second abdominal sternite has pointed medial spine; ventral scent gland pore long and curved
CA-FL-ME-WA / ON-NS / ne Mex (3),(4),(BG data)
This is the most commonly encountered stink bug species in North America. (Gomez and Mizell, 2010)
Woodlands, edges, cultivated land
late Feb to Nov (1)
extremely polyphagous: recorded from 20 plant families(5); adults and older nymphs prefer developing seeds and fruit. May be a pest on soybean, cotton, fruit trees (esp. peach), and many vegetables (6)(7)
Life Cycle
"Keg-shaped" eggs are attached to the underside of leaves in double rows of twelve or more. One generation per year in North, two in south.
Hatchlings (1st and 2nd instars)

3rd instar

4th instar

5th instar


(Our best interpretation of the BugGuide images based upon photographs at Forestry Images)
See Also
Nezara viridula: scutellum has black (not pale) dot in each basal corner; connexivum uniformly colored, with no or faint dark dot on apical margin of each segment; pronotal sides slightly concave in anterior half; medial spine of second abdominal sternite rounded (not pointed); ventral scent gland pore short and broad (not long and curved); nymphs vary greatly in appearance according to age
Internet References
Species page - David Rider (4)
Featured Creatures - Gomez and Mizell, University of Florida, 2010
Works Cited
1.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
4.Rider D. (2006-2013) Pentatomoidea home page
5.Pentatomoidea Host Index
6.Heteroptera of economic importance
Schaefer C.W., Panizzi A.R. (eds). 2000. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 828 pp.
7.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.