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Stinky stink bugs

i like stink bugs....but.....Stink bugs are a big problem for farmers Stink bugs aren’t dangerous, but they are a significant pest for farmers. The bugs feed on important cash crops including corn, soybeans, tree fruits, and berries. Stink bugs leave behind a distinctive bruising or “shrivelling” damage on the plants they feed upon.

Stink bugs communicate using vibrations and they communicate with each other by moving their abdomens in a specific way to vibrate plants beneath them. They actually tend to seek out plants (like beans) that transmit their vibrations particularly effectively. These vibrational signals play an important role in stink bug mating rituals.

This pair have not quite got the hang of the mating ritual yet.

Stink bugs actually like the smell of their stink The smelly liquid stink bug’s secrete contains pheromones that attract other stink bugs. During fall, stink bugs secrete this pheromone when they find a good, warm place to congregate. The more stink bugs gather together, the more stink they can make. The more stink they make, the more stink bugs show up.

A single female stink bug can lay up to 400 eggs in her short lifetime. Stink bugs lay eggs in tightly-grouped, barrel-shaped clusters of 20-30. Eggs hatch extremely quickly, and hatchlings can develop into adults in only 40 to 60 days.

and also, as true bugs,Stink bugs don’t have “mouths” Stink bugs have sucking “mouthparts” that they use to extract sap and juice from plant material. They don’t have conventional “mouths” and cannot bite or chew food. These sucking mouthparts are capable of piercing plants, but aren’t strong enough to hurt people.

lastly, Stink bugs spend winter in a state of diapause During winter, stink bugs enter a state of a prolonged, hibernation-like state of inactivity called “diapause.” During diapause, the bug’s metabolism virtually stops functioning and its body temperature drops. This state allows stink bugs to survive without eating for long periods of time. Unlike true hibernation, diapause doesn’t last for the entire winter season.


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