When ‘Insects Don’t Read the Book’

In early August, I was collecting green stink bugs for a project that one of my graduate students is working on, and I came across an unusual specimen. Generally, when looking for green stink bugs, you expect them to be ‘green,’ but this isn’t always the case. This orange version of the green stink bug was collected at the UK North Farm.

Figure 1. A color variant of the green stink bug. (Photo: Ric Bessin)

Figure 1. A color variant of the green stink bug. (Photo: Ric Bessin)

People commonly find insects that are off color when the insects are teneral after a molt. Teneral insects can be pale in color or almost white, but within about 2 hours, their exoskeleton will harden and darken.  This orange version of the green stink bug, however, remained that color for several days until it died.

 

Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist

 

 

 

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