Pests and Diseases forum: Bug on Penstemon seed heads

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 23, 2013 12:25 PM CST
I found this today on the seed heads of my Penstemon pinifolius. Should I go out and kill it? Or is it a beneficial? Not sure why, but I feel like this will damage the seeds?
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OldGardener
Aug 23, 2013 1:38 PM CST

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Could it be a stinkbug nymph (Euschistus)? I started looking about and found a nymph with the same shape but different coloration - http://www.pbase.com/image/132009975 so perhaps it is a relative? If no one identifies it today, I'll see if I can narrow down exactly who your bug is. BTW - Great photo!!
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OldGardener
Aug 23, 2013 1:56 PM CST

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I got lucky and found him rather quickly. It is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug "late instar nymph" - Figure 5 (6th photo down from the top) at:
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/info_bmstink... .
The website gives a lot of information on the damage these cause and, yes, you are correct - it does damage seed pods. Sad
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Aug 23, 2013 2:20 PM CST
Hurray! You are so good OldGardner.
On my way out to get the little Stinker. Hilarious!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 23, 2013 2:27 PM CST
I got him. I'll try to get a better photo of him for your bug database when it happens. Thumbs up
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OldGardener
Aug 23, 2013 2:50 PM CST

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valleylynn said: :
On my way out to get the little Stinker.

Hilarious! I'm glad you got him! I have seen these in my garden, too, and now that I know what they are, I'll be eradicating them, too.

Please don't worry about getting another picture - the photo that you have already posted is great! I had it blown up large on my monitor and it stayed crystal clear. It really is a fabulous shot. Thumbs up
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 23, 2013 3:21 PM CST
Thank you so much. Group hug
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OldGardener
Aug 23, 2013 3:33 PM CST

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My pleasure! I need to thank you - if you hadn't posted the photo, I wouldn't have learned about him. So, thank you! Thumbs up
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 23, 2013 6:22 PM CST
Now we both know. Big Grin

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