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Species Oebalus pugnax - Rice Stink Bug

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Classification
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 Carpocorini
Genus Oebalus
Species pugnax (Rice Stink Bug)
Explanation of Names
Oebalus pugnax (Fabricius 1775)
pugnax = 'fighter'
Size
8-12 mm(1)
Identification
Prominent spines, projecting forward, are distinctive in adult.

Early instars are mostly pinkish with transverse black spots on abdomen; later instars have pale body with pink and black spots.
Range
e. US to AZ (ME-FL to MN-AZ) to Brazil; W. Indies(2)(3)(BG data)
Food
grasses (including wheat, rice, corn, and other crops); may attack caterpillars(1)
Life Cycle
Typically overwinters as adult near the ground among grass. Adults become active in spring and females lay eggs in clusters of 10-30 in double rows on leaves or seed heads of grasses. Nymphs molt five times to become adults. There may be two to five generations per year.(4)
Works Cited
1.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) of Honduras: a checklist with description of a new ochlerine genus
Arismendi N., Thomas D.B. 2003. Insecta Mundi 17: 219-236.
4.A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects
Bastiaan M. Drees, John A. Jackman. 1998. Gulf Publishing.