Spined Soldier Bug

An upside down moth’s a clue of a predator. (They weren’t in this position when I started snapping pictures.)

It turned out to be a spined soldier bug finishing its meal. They are a common predatory stink bug (Podisus maculiventris) found through out the U.S.

They commonly feed on larvae of beetles and moths. The one above has a monarch caterpillar. (Picture from a previous year.) How could it even hold the weight of that caterpillar!

The spined soldier bug’s about 1/2 inch long and has a prominent spine on each shoulder. Their color varies from yellowish to pale browns.


12 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve never seen as many stink bugs as I have this year. They’ve even been getting into the house, like ladybugs do.


  2. Very cool, I just found out this year…THOSE THINGS BITE! :-)))


  3. Posted by Therese on October 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Great pictures, Kathy!!!


  4. Wow! Cool bug!


  5. Wow, he must be very strong holding the caterpillar like that!


  6. Is it sucking the insides out of that caterpillar?!?


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