We don’t need no stinking bugs…or do we?

We were fortunate to catch this beautiful colony of our native Florida predatory stink bugs (Euthyrhynchus floridanus), just hatching on a damaged maple in the garden. While most folks hate the idea of stink bugs, these natives (NC to Florida) are actually beneficial in the garden. They assist by consuming a variety of damaging beetles, weevils, and caterpillars. Most insects are badly in need of a better PR agent, who could work to change their common name from Florida predatory stink bugs to something more publicly palatable, like Red-bottomed Florida friendly bugs. Sadly, many folks spray first and never bother to seek out an ID or determine intent. Hopefully, some of the new insect ID aps will help reduce reactionary use of pesticides. Thanks to our amazing staff entomologist, Bill Reynolds, for the identification.

Florida Predatory Stink Bugs

5 thoughts on “We don’t need no stinking bugs…or do we?”

  1. I was at JLBG yesterday for the open house. I noticed, or didn’t notice, any evidence of cicadas. Did I miss them? I live 30 minutes from JLBG and every morning I see where new ones have emerged. And no, I do not spray them. I just let them enjoy the last couple weeks of their lives.

    1. I posed that question to our resident entolomologist expert, Bill Reynolds, and tells me he has not found one that he considers worth recommending. He encourages folks to take photos and post them to Iowa State’s Bug Guide

    2. Lidia Churakova

      I find Seek by iNaturalist helpful in identifying common species of insects, fungi, and plants.

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