Stink Bug

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Stink Bug

Post by Olympusman »

Brown Marmorated Stnk Bug Halyomorpha halys

Ventral view of the head. The black structure running down the center is the "beak" nested in its groove.


139 shots in Zerene Stacker. Swift 4X 0.10 160/.17

These were first sighted across the mountain from my Bethlehem home in Allentown, PA in 1998. They are believed to have come in on a shipment from Asia. Right now in our area they are pervasive and now that it's getting cold, they do everything they can to invade our houses for warmth. Late in the day you might see 10 to 20 of them on sunward facing window screens.
For more grisly details, go to

And, yes, they do stink when they are alarmed. Fortunately, they are slow moving and can be grabbed with tweezers and flushed down the toilet.
Michael Reese Much FRMS EMS Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

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Post by Jacek »

I do not like insects, but the pictures are doing great :)

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Post by Franz Neidl »

Hello Michael,

I am impressed from your picture and from your patience (stack with 139 pictures!). Congratulations.

(Also ugly animals are beautiful! It is not good to protect only and exclusively the Panda bear)


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Post by Sumguy01 »

:D Great pic .
Thanks for sharing .

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Post by Olympusman »

Shooting my stacking sequences under a microscope isn't as difficult as it may seem.
In my setup I have an Olympus E-420 with a USB cable remote attached. I have my left hand on the coarse focus knob on the scope and my right arm is crossed in front of the scope with the remote in hand. This is for a 4X objective. Then I slowly advance the focus while pressing the shutter button on the remote. I've been doing this for some time, so I have developed a rhythm between the turns of the coarse focus and tripping the camera. A stack of over one hundred frames takes less than two minutes.
Using a 10X objective, I use the same technique but use the fine focus knob.
Michael Reese Much FRMS EMS Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

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Post by Charles Krebs »


Great clarity and details. We've got these out here in the PNW as well. Had a big one climbing on my door yesterday.

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