How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Stink bugs

Two of the most common pests in California gardens are the consperse stink bug, Euschistus conspersus, and the harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica. Coloration in bugs varies. The consperse stink bug is usually gray brown to green with speckled black legs. The harlequin bug is black with distinctive red markings. Don't confuse the consperse stink bug with the rough stink bug, Brochymena sulcata, which is a predator. Two other common species are the say stink bug, Chlorochroa sayi, and the southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula. The say stink bug is green with a white rim around its borders. The southern green stink bug is bright green and larger than other stink bugs. Consperse stink bug is the dominant species found in fruit and nut trees; the others are found primarily in vegetables.

See also

Consperse stink bug
Consperse stink bug

Say stink bug
Say stink bug

Harlequin bug
Harlequin bug

Southern green bug
Southern green stink bug

Brochymena sulcata
Brochymena sulcata

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