Rice Stink Bug (Oebalus pugnax)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Rice Stink Bug (Oebalus pugnax)

larval host: “grasses (including wheat, rice, corn, and other crops); may attack caterpillars”

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/15343

“Stink bugs have many general and specific natural enemies. Rice stink bug eggs are often attacked by egg parasites, particularly Telonomus sp. (Scelionidae). Stink bugs are also attacked by a variable group of insect predators. A benbicid wasp (Bicyrtes quadrifasciata) provisions its subterranean nests with green stink bugs and other pentatomids. The assassin bug (Zelus bilobus) feeds on nymphs as well as adults. Among several species of spiders….”
(source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1009)

From 2013: circle of life in action….feeds spiders:

My take: It Just Stinksor Does It?




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