Stink bug

Stink bug nymph

5744   Hi, my name is Ronna. I found this bug in my back yard in Moncton, NB on a hot sunny July day.  What is it?

This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Podisus. Bugs in this genus are known as soldier bugs, and as general predators on many other arthropods often are considered beneficial by gardeners. See for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.