Stink bugs are CUTE!

Edessa florida nymphs just after hatching
The talented Alex Wild at posted what he suspects is the cutest wasp ever.  That may be so, but I think that these first instar Edessa florida stink bug nymphs are face-meltingly adorable.  What do you think, is the wasp cuter?

E. florida is one of our native pentatomids; not the introduced brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) that invades homes and destroys crops.  Some researchers think that stink bugs acquire an important first meal by feeding on fluid in their eggs or the glue that attaches the eggs to a leaf.  I have not seen any research to support this hypothesis, but it would be an interesting explanation for why they stick around after hatching.  Either way, I think the stink bug huddle may give them an unfair advantage in the cuteness department.


Alex at: June 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM said...

Gaahh!! They look like little buttons!!

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