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Quick key to NZ Pentatomidae and unwanted exotic species

A shorter key to assist rough sorting or preliminary diagnosis. The Quick Key can be used by non-entomologists and the general public once a general understanding of stink bugs body parts is gained by consulting the labelled body parts images.

How to use the key

  • The key is based on text couplets – two statements in contrast with each other that provide alternative characters to identify species.
  • By selecting/agreeing with one statement (hyperlinked text ending with NEXT ») the key moves to the NEXT couplet; the process is repeated until an identification is reached.
  • Key couplets are illustrated – image thumbnails appear under couplet statements.
  • Thumbnails should be clicked and enlarged so that morphological characters can be viewed in sufficient detail to assist identification.
  • Key end points – identification is reached – the name of a species is obtained.

Examination of some characters in the keys may require the use of a hand lens or other magnifying device (e.g., microscope or zoomed-in photo from a camera or smart phone).

Colour almost completely green

Colour almost completely green (sometimes with yellow, orange or brownish hue) with few, if any, pale or dark dorsal makings. NEXT »

Colour brownish or blackish

Colour brownish or blackish with several pale or dark dorsal markings.

  • Body length 11mm or less NEXT »

  • Body length more than 11mm NEXT »