Green stink bug

Green stink bug

Image: Daren Mueller, Iowa State University, 5469471

  • Feeds on a wide range of crops including grains, fruit and nuts (including pistachio, hazelnut and almonds)
  • Adults are 14-19 mm long, green coloured, and shaped like a shield
  • The head and thorax of nymphs are black and orange when they first hatch, becoming green as they mature. Nymphs have two black coloured patches in the middle of their abdomen, which become more obvious as they mature.
  • Could be confused with the other green coloured stink bugs in Australia, but the most obvious differences are the colour of the nymphs and the shape and colour of the adult wing covers
  • Any unusual stinkbug sightings in your crop should be followed up
  • Can spread on plant material. The adults are also capable of flight allowing for localised spread
  • Currently only reported to occur in North America

High priority pest of: Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pistachios

Scientific name: Chinavia hilaris (syn. Acrosternum hilare, Pentatoma hilaris, Chinavia hilare, Nezara hilaris)
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Stink bugs, aphids, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies & hoppers (HEMIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol