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Genus Podisus

Stink Bug - Podisus maculiventris - female Which Stink Bug? - Podisus maculiventris Predatory Stink Bug, 5th instar - Podisus placidus Spined Soldier Bug - Podisus maculiventris unknown bug on sand beach - Podisus brevispinus Stink bug eggs - Podisus predatory stink bug - Podisus brevispinus Spined Soldier Bug - Lateral  - Podisus maculiventris
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
Other Common Names
Spined Soldier Bug
Explanation of Names
Podisus Herrich-Schaeffer 1851
6 spp. in our area(1), 34 total(2)
key to some nymphs in (3)
primarily neotropical; in our area, 4 spp. are widespread, P. sagitta is restricted to s.FL & s.TX, and P. neglectus is strictly eastern(1)
preys on a wide variety of other arthropods, especially larval forms of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. Examples
known to eat Mexican bean beetles, European corn borers, diamondback moths, corn earworms, beet armyworms, fall armyworms, cabbage loopers, imported cabbageworms, Colorado potato beetles, and velvetbean caterpillars.
Life Cycle
Eggs Eggs and first instar
4th instar light nymph 5th instar light nymph
4th instar dark nymph 5th instar dark nymph
Female laying eggs
P. maculiventris (the most common species in se. US) is marketed as a pest control agent
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