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Green vegetable bug - Nezara viridula (Linnaeus, 1758)

(Present in New Zealand, introduced)

NYMPH: Main diagnostic characters

Immature stink bugs or nymphs moult through five stages (instars) before becoming adults; the fifth stage or last instar nymph is showned below.

BODY LENGTH: About 11 mm. COLOUR: Greenish; sides of thorax, wing pads, abdomen with pink outline; abdomen with white spots in two rows, one on each side of pink and black tranverse plates near midline; legs greenish with ‘feet’ black (tibiae often pinkish); segments 1-2 of antennae greenish (often pinkish), segments 3-4 black.