and confirmation—Harlequin bug
Two of the most common pests in California gardens are the
consperse stink bug, Euschistus conspersus, and the
harlequin bug, Murgantia histrionica. Coloration in
bugs varies. The consperse stink bug is usually gray brown
to green with speckled black legs. The harlequin bug is black
with distinctive red markings. Don't confuse the consperse
stink bug with the rough stink bug, Brochymena sulcata,
which is a predator. Two other common species are the say
stink bug, Chlorochroa sayi, and the southern green
stink bug, Nezara viridula. The say stink bug is green
with a white rim around its borders. The southern green stink
bug is bright green and larger than other stink bugs. Consperse
stink bug is the dominant species found in fruit and nut
trees; the others are found primarily in vegetables.
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