Stink Bugs and Similar-Appearing Insects in Iowa

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a recently-introduced, invasive insect found in the eastern USA. Click here for more information including a map showing wher BMSB has been found in Iowa.

The photos below will help you determine if you have BMSB in your home, landscape or field.  Please report suspect samples by sending dead specimens or digital images to:

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

Iowa State University

Email: insects@iastate.edu

Recognition characteristics of brown marmorated stink bug.  Photo from University of Kentucky

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Note recognition characteristics.  Photo from University of Kentucky.

 

Pine seed bug, a common, one-inch-long, household accidental invader in Iowa

 Pine Seed Bug.  This inch-long, household accidental invader is common indoors in Iowa.

 

The brown stink bug is 1/2 inch long with dark tips on the antennae.  Photo by Marlin Rice.

Brown Stink Bug.  The antennae have dark tips and body is 1/2 inch long. Photo by Marlin Rice.

 

Spined Soldier Bug.  One-half inch long with acute spines on thorax.  Photo by Marlin Rice.

Spined Soldier Bug. One-half inch long with acute spines on thorax. Photo by Marlin Rice.

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