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Acrosternum hilare

Common Name: Green Stink Bug
Acrosternum hilare
Acrosternum hilare

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Pentatomidae
Genus: Acrosternum
Species: Acrosternum hilare

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Green stink bugs are 3/4" long and green with yellowish edges. When they are nymphs, they are very colorful (pictured). Their bodies are flat and shield-like.

Habitat & Range

Green stink bugs live in fields across much of the US, Mexico, and Southern Canada.


When disturbed, they can release a foul odor. They walk slowly, and are able to fly. They feed off of plant sap.

Life Cycle

Their eggs are barrel-shaped and are laid on the underside of leaves in rows. Nymphs are very colorful with black, green, and orange colors.

Featured image by James Dake


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