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Whatveigot? - Coenus delius

Whatveigot? - Coenus delius
Near Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia, USA
May 29, 2006
I'm assuming Pentatomidae but I haven't been able to take this one any further. What a huge scutellum! Also an odd shape for the scutellum, rounded and sort of paralleling the edge of the bug's body. Interesting pattern of markings visible on the hind wing, too.

Moved from Coenus.

can be moved to Coenus delius (Say 1832)

Coenus delius is the only spe
Coenus delius is the only species of this genus found in W. Va.

Moved from Stink Bugs.

Eric has one like this
in his new book identified as Coenus sp. page 125

John, Jane, Eric, Tony, a belated thanks for this discussion. And John and Jane, thanks for pointing out the Coenus bug in Eric's book. I now see Cedar Creek has a similar image identified as Coenus delia. lists two Coenus species and the U. Alberta website lists three, the latter site commenting that all three are found in the eastern U.S.

One key characteristic seems to be whether the pygophore has a tooth. What's a pygophore; is it a part of the male anatomy?

Anyhow I am happy for now to call it Coenus sp., and thanks again for your ID!

Big scutellum...
Probably is a Shield-backed bug...

Great Image....
Fabulous image, but it is indeed a stink bug, family Pentatomidae, some of which have a larger-than-average scutellum (triangular area between the wings). In shield bugs, the entire abdomen, AND the wings, are hidden by the scutellum.

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