Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae
The adult has an oval shield-shaped body, grayish or brownish in color; a spur is present on each side of its thorax (A). Eggs, grouped in masses of 20 to 30, are in the shape of small barrels. They are gray, cream or gold-colored, decorated by a ring of small hairs. The nymphs are of contrasting colors (orange-red and black), without wings and round (B).
Note: These bugs are sensitive to organophosphate and carbamate insecticides.
The larvae and adults of several species are considered pests, particularly of stone fruits; however, other species such as Podisus maculiventris (Say), the spined soldier bug, are predacious (C).
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