"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system."-Bill Mollison
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 5 years ago
If that is a stink/shield bug, and not some foreign lookalike...
Watch out, they're juice suckers and can do a lot of damage to fruit.
Ages ago, I didn't realise the bugs in my garden were stink bug nymphs-they look really different-
until the sods all turned green and sucked my tomatoes dry!
The 'stink' part is very effective-I've never seen birds eat them.
Sensible birds: ate one by mistake as a kid, and the smell still makes me a bit queasy.
yep green stink bug. You need a nice population of assassin beetles to get rid of them naturally, that and the praying mantis are the only two predators that I know of that eat the little stinkers. I've watched the predator bugs on our farm. My observations bear out that the mentioned predators are the only ones on our property that go after the stink bugs.