Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Species Mormidea lugens

Unknown colorful Beetle - 7-16-09 - Mormidea lugens Mormidea lugens (Fabricius) - Mormidea lugens Unknown bug nymph - Mormidea lugens Mormidea lugens Mormidea lugens 5th instar - Mormidea lugens small stink bug relative maybe? - Mormidea lugens Elegant little bug - Mormidea lugens Mormidea lugens from under a rock - Mormidea lugens
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 Mormidea
Species lugens (Mormidea lugens)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
our only representative of the subgenus Melanochila Stål 1872
Explanation of Names
Mormidea lugens (Fabricius 1775)
5.0-7.2 mm(1)
A small stinkbug, recognized by the bronzy coloration and white boundary around the scutellum(2)
Andrew Meeds reared this 5th instar to this adult
e NA (NS-FL to MB-WY-TX); Mexico, W. Indies(3)(4)
Associated with grasses(2) but also found on many other plants(1)
3.iv-2.xi in ne. NA(1)
Life Cycle
Overwinters as adults(1)
Parasitized by the tachinid Cylindromyia lobata and used as nest provisions by the wasps Bicyrtes ventralis and B. fodiens(1)
Works Cited
1.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
4.The Heteroptera (Hemiptera) of North Dakota I: Pentatomomorpha: Pentatomoidea
Rider D.A. 2012. Great Lakes Entomologist 45: 312-380.