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X bug - Nezara viridula

X bug - Nezara viridula
Aptos - on cleome stalk in a garden, near the ocean, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
October 26, 2007
there are two colors, are they different genders? different maturity?

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Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula)
I believe that these are all Southern Green Stink Bugs (Nezara viridula). I think that they start out small and black and then each instar gets larger and greener until they become an all green adult
This maturity can be judged to some degree by the length of the wing pads. See mock growth sequence below.

Further explanation can be found on the info page for this species http://bugguide.net/node/view/19047

 
the stinker
Thanks for the ID. What an amazing color change. After all the flamboyance, I'm surprised that they end up just solid green.

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