Monday, June 09, 2008
this is the 4-humped stink bug, Brochymena quadripustulata, or something closely related. Apparently they are usually found in trees and are predatory. This one showed up on an eggplant plant I quixotically decided to pot up in the front yard, I guess as a feeble joust at the possibility of food shortages and also because I love the architecture of eggplant flowers. Anyway, at first I thought the bug might be specially fond of Solanum melongena since I hadn't ever seen a stinker like this one and had never grown eggplant before this. But fear not, not every happenstance is of biological significance. Sometimes, it's just a coincidence.