Rough Stink Bug

Brochymena parva (?)

Rough Stink Bug, Brochymena, photo © by Mike Plagens

On a Sweet Acacia tree in Peoria, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 23 March 2018.

Pentatomidae -- Stink Bug Family

The principal food of these bugs are other insects such as caterpillars and soft-bodied bugs. There rough, cryptic color and pattern allows them to hide effectively on the bark of trees and shrubs. If their camouflage fails they can emit foul-smelling fluid if disturbed. There are several very similar species of Brochymena stink bugs. In the photo below the long feeding proboscis projects down and slightly back from the head,

Rough Stink Bug, Brochymena, photo © by Mike Plagens

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