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Stink Bug - Mormidea lugens

Stink Bug - Mormidea lugens
Jupiter, Florida, USA
July 5, 2004
Shot in a dried wetland area. a tiny Stinkbug (10 mm), but beautifully marked.

Mormidea lugens
This is definitely Mormidea lugens. The white transverse lines behind the head are diagnostic, at least for U.S. species.

Thanks David,
I created a quick guide page for it:)

looks like Perillus or, better yet, Mormidea
This looks like genus Perillus, described in Slater, How to Know the True Bugs, pp. 45-46. (1) I don't see an exact match to this pattern. Nice photo of a species: Insects of Cedar Creek.

A better(?) possibility, Mormidea, see Insects of Cedar Creek--M. lugens. Slater describes genus, but does not illustrate, says about 5 North American species. lists four species. Bob Patterson has a photo of Mormidea from Florida, looks close. Bob appears to be an excellent amateur entomologist, so that is looking pretty good.

Wow, Stinkbugs are hard! Oh well, those are some possibilities. I'm feeling humbled, which is probably a good thing.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Thanks Patrick,

Ceder Creek also mentions that they are small and common. I've encountered quite a few on my hikes. So I will narrow it down to Mormidea for now, until someone can find a key to finish the job:)

Guide added
I've added a guide for the genus.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

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