Green stink bug nymphs dine on the leaves of a dogwood tree. The nymphs and adults have piercing-sucking mouthparts and can cause damage to soybean fields. They migrate to Iowa from southern states each summer. Stink bugs get their name from the unpleasant odor they produce when threatened. Photo by Ed Rood/Special to the Ames Tribune
Who wouldn't love that face? The green stink bug (Acrosternum hilare) is - unlike the brown marmorated stink bugs we've mostly gotten since we've lived here - a native species. It actually says very good things about our garden that we've started seeing so many of them! Plus they're really adorable. The one problem with them is their name; "stink bug" is neither flattering nor particularly accurate. We prefer to think of them by their other name, shield bugs.