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Species Podisus maculiventris - Spined Soldier Bug

Stink Bug - Podisus maculiventris Spined Soldier Bug - Podisus maculiventris Podisus maculiventris stink bug - Podisus maculiventris - female shield bug with reddish highlights - Podisus maculiventris Predatory Stink bug - Podisus maculiventris Spined Soldier Bug - Podisus maculiventris - Podisus maculiventris feasting at the sheet - Podisus maculiventris
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 Asopinae (Predatory Stink Bugs)
Genus Podisus
Species maculiventris (Spined Soldier Bug)
Explanation of Names
Podisus maculiventris (Say 1832)
maculiventris = 'spotted belly' (refers to ventral pattern in female)
Size
8.5-13.0 mm(1)
Identification
Pale brown to tan. Shield shaped with prominent "shoulders"
Black streak on wing membrane + spined humeri are diagnostic
Range
across the US and adjacent Canada(1)
Habitat
Crops including potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn, cole crops, beans, eggplant, cucurbits, asparagus, apples, and onions
Food
Wide variety of insects(1); known to eat Mexican bean beetles, European corn borers, diamondback moths, corn earworms, beet armyworms, fall armyworms, cabbage loopers, imported cabbageworms, Colorado potato beetles, velvetbean caterpillars and flea beetles(2)

Hemimetabolous Insects:


Coleoptera (adults):


Lepidoptera (adults):


Larvae (incl. Lep, Hym, & Coleo):


Hymenoptera (adults):


Unknown:
Life Cycle
may produce several generations in a year(1)
Remarks
available commercially as biocontrol agent against a wide array of agriculturally significant pests(3)
See Also
Euschistus, but note spotted legs
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Richman & Mead (2001-2010)(2)
Purdue - O'Neil 1995
Works Cited
1.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
2.University of Florida: Featured Creatures
3.Annotated checklist of the Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) of Connecticut
O'Donnell J.E., Schaefer C.W. 2012. Great Lakes Entomologist 45: 220-234.