Black & red stink bug?

Asked March 25, 2019, 8:54 AM EDT

Good morning... as the owner of an old farmhouse (Williamston, Wheatfield Township) I’m well-versed in box elder bug & now brown marmorated stink bug ID. However this morning there’s a new bug that looks like a stink bug in body, but is black & red in color. I can’t seem to find an answer on Google— any idea what it is? Photo attached.

Michigan insect identification

2 Responses


Hello,

That is a Two-spotted stink bug, Perillus bioculatus (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).

Adult two-spotted stink bugs are about 3/8 of an inch long. There coloration is highly variable and ranges from black with bright red markings to black with light colored markings. They attack slow moving prey, including some major insect pests, such as larvae of the Colorado potato beetle and sunflower beetle. They also consume numerous species of caterpillars.

Regards,
Howard





Thank you! Sounds like a good bug to have around.

Have a great day!
Kate