CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula) nymph
This one is quite close to adulthood (5th instar). People worry so much that this insect is a pest because it may munch on edible fruits, but here it is controlling the fruits (seeds) of Shyleaf which can be aggressive in the wrong situation. I rarely see stink bugs or their damage on my edibles…could it be because I give a home to Shyleaf in some areas of the yard so they have an alternative crop? Every creature has it’s place in the circle of life….it’s all about balance. Food for thought.
“Parasites, usually wasps and flies, provide biological control of the southern green stink bug” including a tachinid fly, Trichopoda pennipes which parasitizes adults and nymphs. This guy better watch out. I’ve seen those flies at my place.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: SHYLEAF (Aeschynomene americana)