Green Stink Bug, Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Pentatomidae (pen-ta-TOM-id-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nezara
Species: viridula


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Deer, Arkansas
Lake Forest, California
Winchester, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Kingsland, Georgia
Waycross, Georgia
Yale, Iowa
La Place, Louisiana
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Moss Point, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Nashport, Ohio
Guayanilla, Puerto Rico
Dillon, South Carolina
Boerne, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Katy, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 1, 2014, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote:

We've not seen widespread damage to our food crops from them, so I have nothing against them. Any other plant here is free for the taking because... plants were made for eating. If not us, then something else!

These bugs do have a role in nature as a food source for a wide variety of birds. Some of which have been in my yard and pasture: American Robin, the dreaded Cowbird, Cardinal, Bobwhite, White-breasted Nuthatch. Bats and a good variety of other insects eat them, too.

Another benefit is some of the non-native plants they choose to eat, such as Queen Anne's Lace, English Plantain, Red Clover, etc. Maybe all of these that we have around is why very little of our food garden is touched.

I found it fascinating a female came to lay her eg... read more


On Feb 3, 2010, Super65 from Belton, TX wrote:

One of the most hated pests of tomato growers. They can be hard to find, hiding behind the fruit.
Would love to hear some ideas on how to get rid of them.


On Sep 25, 2008, creekwalker from Benton County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have been finding these bugs everywhere! They've been on all my wild fruits, on my blackberries and now, even on my hazelnuts. I am not seeing a whole lot of damage though. It's just a nuisance, bringing in a load of nuts or something, only to have several stinkbugs coming along inside too. I was out this morning early to gather hazelnuts and looked down at my hand, and one was crawling on my hand. They're just everywhere.


On Nov 20, 2007, buf4rn from Moss Point, MS wrote:

This bug is tormenting me. It destroyed my tomatoes this past spring, not only did they eat the plant, but also caused some type of rot or blythe in the fruit.I got rid of my tomato plants and treated the entire area with insecticide. I thought I had gotten rid of them before planting my fall greens, but the other day I saw some on my collards. Does anyone know how to get rid of them


On May 26, 2007, LouisianaMark wrote:

I hate these little bugs with a passion! They ruin half my tomatoes and peppers every year! And even praying mantids won't eat them.


On Jul 26, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

There are a number of different species of stink bugs.

Some plant diseases are spread by stink bug feeding.

Adults are about 1/2 to 3/4-inch in length and are solid green. Immature stages vary in color from black for very small nymphs to green for larger nymphs. However, the immature stages have a distinctive pattern of whitish spots on the abdominal segments. Nymphal stages are often found together in high numbers because eggs are laid in clusters that appear as rows of small barrels on and around suitable food sources. Development from egg to adult requires about 35 days, but varies with temperature. Up to five generations per year may occur with greater numbers appearing in the fall before adults overwinter.