Insect and Bug ID forum: In bag of salad

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Feb 15, 2015 4:15 PM CST

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I found this in a bag of organic salad bag. What is it?

cleoxpatria
Feb 25, 2015 2:36 AM CST
Looks like a stinkbug, given its shield-shaped thorax......was it dead or alive when you found it?????
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Feb 25, 2015 9:20 AM CST
That's the problem with ready mixed bags of salad! I sympathise with the bug. Rolling on the floor laughing I hope you threw the salad away, they spray them with a weak insecticide to kill bugs but any which get stuck to the salad can cause severe stomach upsets due to streptococcal growths.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=streptococcal+growths&gws_...

It is a 'shieldbug' in the family Pentatomidae.

The colour (which changes to brown over winter) along with the pale edge to the pronotum, general shape, and yellow tip to the scutellum suggest Chlorochroa ligata.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/574400/bgpage

http://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/content/chlorochroa-liga...

http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/bug_bits.html

The salad might have been grown in nearby states.

http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Chlorochroa+ligata

Chlorochroa granulosa is similar .. the species epithet suggests a 'grainy' effect but it also has three white spots along the edge of the pronotum which your bug doesn't have.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/213107/bgpage



Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Anderwood
Feb 25, 2015 1:47 PM CST
We had eaten most of the huge bag of salad before we found it. This was in the bag after it was going bad. That may explain some mild stomach issues!

Thanks, a stink bug came to mind when I saw it.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Feb 25, 2015 5:29 PM CST
I'm glad you survived Reid, I know someone who became very ill from eating bagged salad!

Think of not only the larger bugs, which in theory shouldn't have made it's way into the salad, but those tiny bugs barely visible to the human eye. If any of those haven't been washed off the salads, and that is very possible given the nature of salads, then you could easily be eating something nasty.

cleoxpatria
Feb 28, 2015 3:26 PM CST
JRsbugs......you're good Hurray! ---I miss having access to an insect dichotomy key chart and microscope!!! The only time I have found a critter in my salad was at a Beef and Ale years ago and luckily didn't ail from the experience.....it was a quite obese, healthy weevil crawling over the salad that must have been hiding in the lettuce.....I didn't make an issue of it, but the restaurant insisted on comping my meal......
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Feb 28, 2015 3:39 PM CST
Thank You! *Blush*

My camera is my microscope, and good websites where professionals hang out or have set up have helped in the past but research, research and more research is the trick. Hilarious!

As the weevil was alive, it might have dropped onto your lettuce from inside the building, these things can fly and people can bring them inside on their clothing. I bet it made you feel sick by the thought of it!

cleoxpatria
Mar 1, 2015 10:14 PM CST
Who knows where my critter came from.....he was FAT and very much ALIVE!!! He really didn't frighten me as much as he did the staff......I thought the whole thing was hilarious........I know.......weird! : Sticking tongue out

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