|Two Twice-stabbed Stinkbugs do their thing on a bed of Hairy Hedgenettle|
|More 2-stab bugs with flowers|
So, here’s my new attempt to increase my productivity but reduce my prolixity: Friday Bug. First up is the Twice-Stabbed (i.e. two blood-red spots) Stinkbug now correctly known as Cosmopepla lintneriana Kirkaldy, 1909 (but with one of those long and complex nomenclatorial histories that I tend to run on about – short story: it was once Cimex carnifex Fabricius, 1798, then Pentatoma bimaculata Thomas,1865; and later and best , but wrongly, known as Cosmopepla bimaculata (Thomas, 1865)).
|Twice-stabbed is a point of view|
|Bugs with purving crane fly|
Additionally, of course, stinkbugs are interesting because they stink. Krall et al. (1999) can tell you all about the chemical composition of the stink glands (aka metathoracic glands). More interestingly, they observed bugs have a good deal of control over their metathoracic glands and can shoot off one or the other or both if they so desire. Also, they nicely demonstrate that birds and a lizard are repulsed by bugs with full stink glands (but not with depleted glands).
|Pasque flower seeds spark bug passion|
|Yes, I smell and taste bad: Beware!|
|Just hatched on a pea leaf - not a good sign|
|Twice-stabbed nymph in flower cluster|
|New & improved Stachys pilosa|
|Chinese Artichokes in Year III - a good crop for those who don't need to eat much|