Florida Predatory Stink Bug

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Field Guide to Stink Bugs lists Florida Predatory Stink Bug (Euthyrhynchus floridanus) as a “beneficial species.”

The predatory stink bug, Euthyrhynchus floridanus (Linnaeus), is considered a beneficial insect because most of its prey consists of plant-damaging bugs, beetles, and caterpillars. It seldom plays more than a minor role in the natural control of insects in Florida, but its prey includes a number of economically important species. Source Credit: Florida Predatory Stink Bug, University of Florida.

Well, what do you know? Not all stink bugs are pests!

Florida Predatory Stink Bug (Euthyrhynchus floridanus)

The Florida Predatory Stink Bug shown in the preceding photo was spotted on 04 November 2014 at Huntley Meadows Park. This is the only one I’ve seen at the park. I hope to see more — “beneficial species” are a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say!

Editor’s Notes: Thanks to BugGuide Facebook group members Scott Szafran Jr. and Roudolph Poodaluski for help in identifying this insect. See Roudolph’s excellent scientific illustration of a Florida Predatory Stink Bug.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Florida Predatory Stink Bug”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    It’s hard to believe that there are positive aspects to an insect with “predatory” and “stink” in its name. I think it needs to hire a marketing company to work on a corporate rebranding strategy.

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