Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eggs in barrels

This pretty stink bug was busy laying her eggs on a wall by the beach.

She's probably a Banasa dimidiata, also called the Banasa stink bug.

The name, "dimidiata" means "divided in half", referring, so some say, to the pattern on the pronotum (the front part of the thorax). And they're called stink bugs because of the offensive odour they emit when they're disturbed. A repugnatorial odour, it's called, produced by the repugnatorial glands.

They are found across Canada and the US, and are common in the Pacific Northwest. They feed on a variety of plants, including small fruits and berries.

Another photo, with the barrels of eggs in sort-of focus.

Zooming in on those barrels. Aren't they cute?


  1. Repugnitorial. Good lord what a Great Word.

  2. Wondrous critter and a beautiful set of eggs!

  3. You find the most amazing things to photograph. I think I'm always in too much of a hurry. - Margy

  4. Anonymous7:42 pm

    Awesome picture!

  5. Thanks, all!

    Margy, I'm easily distracted, is all. :)

  6. Very cute barrel eggs. We even have pretty stink bugs up here.

  7. I'd love to go bugging in your area, Eileen. I've never had a chance to stop and really look; I've almost always gone through in a great hurry. I've stopped and noticed bugs in the westward stretch, Williams' Lake to Bella Coola, but most of those critters were mosquitoes. Hungry mosquitos, in gangs.


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