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Friday, May 19, 2006

First Stink Bug of the Year Award

The first stink bug of the year award goes to this handsome specimen checking out the tansy leaves.

I might say this is Chlorochroa uhleri (Uhler's stink bug) but one might argue it's Say's. They are two closely related species that hang out around here, and have been "historically confused".
I'll just say it's My Stink Bug; and what business do Uhler and Say have poking around in my garden?

Anyway, it's the first active one I've seen this spring, likely overwintered hidden under some drab foliage. Like the growing and ever hungry lynx spiders, I'll be eagerly looking out for the stink bug nymphs that should be showing up soon.

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