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True Bugs and Distinguishing which kind they are

How do you tell the difference between stink bugs ?
I think I found a brown marmorated stink. I posted pics in the Identify section .
I would have squished them had I known that is what it was .
What do you look for to tell the difference ?

Wish I could be more helpful:-)
Part of the problem with stink bug ID is the continued introduction of non-native species like the brown marmorated stink bug, which is what I am pretty sure you submitted to ID request (terrific images, by the way, probably marketable to various resources). You can rarely go by color, as individual animals can vary greatly, and lots of different genera are green, or brown. Have to go by subtle differences in shapes of different structures, the length of the stink gland canal, all kinds of obscure little things:-) I sent all my specimens to a researcher a couple years ago and don't expect to get them back with IDs any time soon.

Hi Eric , Thanks for the info
Hi Eric , Thanks for the info , and the ID is correct being a marmorated stink, I just hope I don't get hords of them coming in the house . Allentown residents had this very thing happen with them .

Thanks for the compliment on the photos. May I ask "marketable to whom?"
Thanks ,

Well, good images of pest species would be of use to pest control companies, state agriculture departments, and their associated trade periodicals; also, newspapers, magazines. It might literally pay you to team up with a nature writer to do the photos for a story. I know I'll keep your images in mind for future editions of the field guide I'm currently working on (stink bugs are done for this edition), and any other projects I entertain. Same applies to several of the other very accomplished photographers who share their images here.

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