|Shield Bugs on Buckeye|
Riparian Buffer, McDowell Creek
Creek Field Prairie Restoration
April 15, 2019
Shield Bugs are also called "Stink Bugs"--but what an insulting name. I didn't notice an aroma--the spring air was sweet all around--but I did notice their impressive "armor." "Shield"--a much nicer name. Their family is Pentatomidae, a division of True Bugs.
Next year--will we see Shield Bugs on Buckeye again? Or will any tree or wildflower do? Why are they just on Buckeye this year?
Bugguide.net tells me spring is when Shield Bugs hatch and form larval aggregations. Yet here on April 15, they were already into their adult forms and adult behavior. So did these adults overwinter on Western Buckeyes? Or were they early hatching eggs just a few weeks before?