Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)


When i found this bug in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia, this bug has dull brown spotted color at the upper side of its body. But when i was about to taking the picture the next day after i captured it, the color has changed!. It molted in the night, released its dull exoskeleton  and turned out to be like in the photo above.

This bug is the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) which can be shown by the looks of its black stripes near the edge of abdomen and its white color at the joint segment of the antennae. This bug has stink glands which will realease stink fluid when it is threatened. It is from the family of Pentatomidae under genus of Halymorpha. It is one of major pests in agriculture. The body size about 15mm.

Scientific classification
Kingdom : Animalia (Animals)
Phylum : Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class : Insecta (Insects)
Order : Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder : Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Superfamily : Pentatomoidea
Family : Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs)
Genus: Halyomorpha
Species: H. halys
Binomial name : Halyomorpha halys, Stål

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_marmorated_stink_bug
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug

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