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Genus Brochymena - Rough Stink Bugs

mating Stinkbugs - Brochymena arborea Brochymena nymph stink bug with white speck and red/organge spots - Brochymena Brochymena sp. (darker image) - Brochymena sulcata Turtle Bug - Brochymena Brochymena nymph? - Brochymena Pentatomidae: Brachymena affinis - Brochymena affinis Brochymena parva Stink Bug - Brochymena
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 Halyini
Genus Brochymena (Rough Stink Bugs)
Other Common Names
Tree Stink Bugs
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Parabrochymena Larivière 1992 (see discussion here)
Explanation of Names
Brochymena Amyot & Serville 1843
Greek brochos (βρο'χος) 'net' + umen (υμη'ν) 'membrane'
17 spp. in our area (+a couple with unreliable old records), 25 total(1)(2)
not yet in the guide:
Brochymena apiculata Van Duzee 1923 "sw US," no state records and no US specimens in TAMUIC
Brochymena haedula Stål 1862 recorded in AZ & TX but no US specimens in TAMUIC
10-22 mm(1)
Usually bark-like (cryptic). Lateral teeth on juga. Head elongated, pronotum laterally with toothlike projections, and rear margin of abdomen has pleated pattern.
key to spp. of the arborea-group in(2)
key to the remaining spp. in(1)
across NA south to Panama, most diverse in so. US(3)
forests, orchards; on various trees and shrubs(4)
year round in the south; data for each species in(1)
phytophagous (some reports of predation)(4)
Life Cycle
see (1)(2) for the best account for each species
Internet References
Ruckes, H. (1946). Notes and keys on the genus Brochymena (Pentatomidae, Hetoroptera). Entomologica Americana, Vol. 26, No. 4: 143-238. (Biodiversity Heritage Library)
McPherson, J. E and I. Ahmad. (2007). Redescriptions of Brochymena and Parabrochymena (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), Based Primarily on Male Genitalia, with Reclassification of Three Species and Description of New World Tribe (Halyini). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Vol. 100, No. 5: 673-682. (Oxford Academic)
Works Cited
1.Description of Parabrochymena, new genus, and redefinition and review of Brochymena Amyot and Audinet-Serville...
Larivière M.-C. 1992. Mem. Ent. Soc. Canada 163: 75 pp.
2.Parabrochymena Larivière (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae): Systematics, natural history, chorological affinities...
Larivière M.-C. 1994. Can. Entomol. 126: 1193-1250.
3.The Heteroptera (Hemiptera) of North Dakota I: Pentatomomorpha: Pentatomoidea
Rider D.A. 2012. Great Lakes Entomologist 45: 312-380.
4.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.