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Genus Chinavia - Green Stink Bug

green bug - Chinavia hilaris Stinkbug Nymph - Chinavia hilaris Black, red and yellow bug - Chinavia hilaris Chinavia hilaris Bug on a spiky oval - Chinavia hilaris colorfully marked green stink bug - Chinavia hilaris Haylomorpha? - Chinavia hilaris Acrosternum (Chinavia) marginatum (Palisot) - Chinavia marginata
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 Nezarini
Genus Chinavia (Green Stink Bug)
Other Common Names
Green Soldier Bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
most current usage treats Chinavia as a subgenus of Acrosternum, see (2005 comment by D. Rider)
Explanation of Names
Chinavia Orian 1965
3 spp. in our area(1), 80 spp. worldwide(2)
12-19 mm
Large green bugs. The shape of the stink gland pore is short and broad in Nezara viridula but long and curved in Chinavia:

Additional distinguishing characters here

C. hilaris | C. pensylvanica | C. marginata
most of the world; in our area(3):
C. hilaris throughout NA
C. pensylvanica e. NA, esp. se. US
C. marginata FL, TX-CA
Woodlands, edges
Feeds on juices from leaves, fruit, flowers of a wide variety of plants (36 families recorded worldwide, 23 families for our 3 spp.) (4)
Life Cycle
Keg-shaped eggs are attached to the underside of leaves in double rows of twelve or more. One generation per year in north, two in south.

Hatchlings - 1st and 2nd instars

3rd instar

4th instar

5th instar
This is our best interpretation of BG images based upon Herb Pilcher's images. It is not clear how to tell Chinavia species apart.
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