Pests and Diseases forum: Is this a Two-spotted Stink Bug?

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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Feb 14, 2014 5:02 PM CST
This little bug is wandering around on my living room window frame, trying to get outside (it must be mad, there's two feet of snow out there). Its markings are similar to some pics I've found on websites, and I think it might be the Two-spotted Stink bug, in its red form (there's apparently a yellow form too), with the scientific name of Perillus bioculatus. Please can someone verify this ID?

Perillus bioculatus is a beneficial insect that eats the Colorado potato beetle. There are a lot of potatoes grown in this area, so it would not surprise me to learn that farmers are releasing these stink bugs to protect their crops.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 8, 2014 2:30 PM CST
That certainly looks like the pictures that come up when you google the name!
http://www.insectsofalberta.com/2spottedstinkbug.htm
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Cactus and Succulents Butterflies
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JuneOntario
Mar 8, 2014 4:37 PM CST
Thanks, woofie! I haven't seen the bug since I moved it from the living room to the mud room (I thought it might find some insects to eat among my house plants there), but I hope it survives until spring finally arrives and it can go outdoors and look for potato beetles.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 8, 2014 5:16 PM CST
Kind of a pretty little rascal, eh?
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Cactus and Succulents Butterflies
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JuneOntario
Mar 9, 2014 2:17 PM CST
Does the marking on its back remind you of the Taco Bell logo, or is it just me?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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woofie
Mar 9, 2014 2:44 PM CST
You're just trying to make sure I never eat another Taco Bell taco again, aren't you? Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Cactus and Succulents Butterflies
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JuneOntario
Mar 9, 2014 3:14 PM CST
Or it could be the Arby's hat logo.

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