Asked in InsectsBeetles
Why are stink bug called parent bugs?
Asked in Garden Pests
Are box elder bugs also called stink bugs?
Yes, boxelder bugs are called stink bugs. Specifically, the insect in question (Boisea trivittata) belongs to the Rhopalidae family of supposedly scentless plant bugs. But in actuality the orange-and-black bug can release sharp-smelling and tasting compounds when disturbed or stressed. For this reason, it may be called a stinky bug even though the term stink bug generally designates insect members of the Pentatomidae family.
Asked in Disney
What type of bug is the character Dim from 'A Bugs Life'?
Asked in Head, Ears, and Nose, Genetics
Why do some people smell stink bugs and others don't?
Asked in Garden Pests
What are the predators of stink bugs?
Parasitic wasps, other predatory stink bugs, praying mantids, garden spiders and birds, assassin bugs, and ants are predators of stink bugs. These predators get beyond the foul smell and taste of stink bugs. They can be counted on to regard stink bugs as acceptable food sources. Specifically, parasitic wasps (of the Apocrita suborder of the Hymenoptera order) lay their eggs and feed off stink bugs. Such colonizing and parasitizing ultimately will kill the stink bug. The problem lies in the ability of the stink bug to do damage while it dies a slow, unpleasant death. Predatory stink bugs include the spined soldier bug (Podisus maculiventris) and the two spotted stink bug (Perillus bioculatus). They kill and feed on fellow, non predatory stink bugs. The term "non predatory" simply means that such stink bugs tend to look to plants as their main food sources. Praying mantids (of the family Mantidae), garden birds such as the house wren (Troglodytes aedon) and the Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus), assassin bugs (of the Reduviidae family), and ants (of the Formicidae family) are all dependable feeders of many stink bugs. But as is the case with other stink bug predators, they are not showing themselves to be enthusiastic about eating the non native brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys). The brown marmorated stink bug nevertheless is vulnerable to two viruses. It also is vulnerable to parasitic wasps that are not native to the United States of America. So researchers and scientists are studying the possibility of introducing into the United States of America these effective biological controls of China and Japan.
What causes stink bugs to stink?
The process of the food going down its body makes the stink bug stink as unlike any other bug its process is different. They have odor glands on their underside. They are a form of self-defense and a way to attract mates. In that odor, they also release pheromones to help find stink bugs of the opposite sex.