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Stink Bug, Twice-Stabbed

Scientific Name: Cosmopepla lintneriana

Family: Pentatomidae

Native Range: North America, Pennsylvania*

Size: Length: 4.7-6.5 mm (0.19 – 0.26 in)*

Active: Early spring – fall; adults overwinter in leaf litter.*

Color and Appearance: Black stink bug shape, with red detailing on carapace.

August 9, 2020: I watched this twice-stabbed stink bug couple for several minutes as they climbed up an anise hyssop stalk, reached the top, turned and headed back down, all the while clasped in each other’s embrace. It was astonishingly acrobatic.

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