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Predatory Stink Bug nymph - Podisus

Predatory Stink Bug nymph - Podisus
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
July 20, 2016
Found on Tropical Milkweed. Caterpillar is a Monarch.

Moved from ID Request.

Immature stink bug
An immature stink bug, maybe Podisus? See here.

Spined Soldier Bug nymph
I agree with Natasha's assessment: I believe that this is the nymph stage of a type of Stink Bug -- the Spined Soldier Bug, Podisus maculiventris. While many types of Stink Bugs are exceedingly damaging to many food crops in the U.S., this particular bug is actually beneficial because it's a predator. It kills other insects by literally sucking the life out of them!

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