This is one of several native pests that cause economic damage to crops and destroys garden produce. These pests come in other colors too and there are several introduced species as well. Stink bugs are numerous and common throughout North America. This True Bug is about 1/2 inch in length, with a triangular shape and piercing mouth parts. This insect emits a foul odor, when disturbed. (Image Citation: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, bugwood.org)
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
This true bug in the insect family Pentatomidae is known as an agricultural pest in its native range of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
It attacks over 60 species of plants. Feeding creates pitted and discolored surfaces on fruits and vegetables, and stippled areas on the leaves.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) becomes a nuisance pest both indoors and out when it is attracted to the outside of houses on warm fall days in search of protected, overwintering sites. BMSB occasionally reappears during warmer sunny periods throughout the winter, and again as it emerges in the spring.
(Image Citation: David R Lance, USDA/APHIS, bugwood.org)