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Kentucky Color: Stink Bug

Whatever the color, if the bug is in the shape of a shield, it will stink
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By Billy Joe Fudge

It is impossible to imagine what you might come up with out in the yard if you take the time to look at things a little more closely and a Stink Bug might be one of those unimaginables.

Yes, the reason for their name is the obvious. They do stink to high heaven as a defensive mechanism but no tomato juice baths are required for plain soap and water will remove the unpleasant odor.

For the most part they are leaf eaters or leaf suckers to be more precise but usually in our part of the country they don't come in large enough numbers to significantly damage crops.

They come in this color and many variations of browns and greens. Their wings are folded flat beneath the hardened wing coverings and they can be seen flying around your porch or patio lights at night.

Just remember that color doesn't matter - if the bug is shaped like a shield it will stink!

This story was posted on 2010-07-11 04:43:43
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Kentucky Color: Things in the yard - Stink Bug

2010-07-11 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired Kentucky District Forester. Greenhills, Columbia, Adair Co., KY
Billy Joe Fudge says that whatever the color, "if it's shaped like a shield," it will stink. The next previous Kentucky Color is Kentucky Color: Red-tailed Hawks - opportunistic hunters

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