Mormidea cf. ypsilon

Ypsilon Stink Bug

Mormidea cf. ypsilon, Ypsilon Stink Bug, image from Guyana

Family: Pentatomidae

Subfamily: Pentatominae

Tribe: Carpocorini

Length: 7 - 9 mm


Linnaeus described the Ypsilon Stink Bug in 1758. It is the most widespread species in the genus, found from San Luis Potosí, Mexico south to northern Argentina and Uruguay. It is also found on Nevis, St. Vincent, and other islands of the Lesser Antilles (Rolston, 1978).

In Mormidea ypsilon the shoulders may be rounded narrowly, or else are spinose. The scutellum is longer than wide. The membrane is somewhat smoky. The basal antennal segment is pale, variously streaked in a darker color. The remaining antennal segments are dark, with the exception of narrow pale-colored bands on the fourth and fifth segments (Rolston, 1978).

The specific epithet, of course, refers to the ivory to yellowish marking shaped like a Greek Y.

Photo location: Along the Rupununi River, Guyana (top two photos); Brokopondo district, Suriname (bottom photo).

Determined by Dr. Donald B. Thomas, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Stink Bug, Mormidea cf. ypsilon, Pentatomidae from Rupununi River area

Mormidea cf. ypsilon, Pentatomidae, photo from Suriname

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