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Elasmostethus cruciatus? - Podisus brevispinus

Elasmostethus cruciatus? - Podisus brevispinus
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
August 10, 2007
Is this a Red-Cross Shield Bug, Elasmostethus cruciatus? Any ideas?

Podisus prob. brevispinus Phillips -- D. B. Thomas det.
Moved from Podisus.

Moved from Stink Bugs.

Moved from True Bugs.

Might be Podisus sp.
This might be a species of Podisus, but I can't be positive, either. The way the wings project beyond the abdomen, and the faint, dark stripe in the membrane, are characteristic of Podisus, though.

vote for Podisus

It looks more like this one to me
, but that's just a guess. I'm not even sure this isn't a stink bug. You can tell Shield Bugs and Stink Bugs apart by looking at the tarsi. Sheild Bugs have 2-segmented tarsi and Stink Bugs have 3-segmented tarsi.

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