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Edessa meditabunda
(green and brown stink bug)



Edessa meditabunda (green and brown stink bug)


  • Last modified
  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Edessa meditabunda
  • Preferred Common Name
  • green and brown stink bug
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Green and brown stinkbug adult (11.8-13.3 mm).
CaptionGreen and brown stinkbug adult (11.8-13.3 mm).
Green and brown stinkbug adult (11.8-13.3 mm).
AdultGreen and brown stinkbug adult (11.8-13.3 mm).©AgrEvo


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Edessa meditabunda (Fabricius, 1794)

Preferred Common Name

  • green and brown stink bug

Other Scientific Names

  • Aceratodes nuditabundus Stål, 1860
  • Cimex glaucescens Fabricius, 1798
  • Cimex meditabundus Fabricius, 1794
  • Edessa consentanea Walker, 1868
  • Edessa rugulosa Uhler

International Common Names

  • Spanish: alquiche chico; alquiche chico (Argentina); chinche de la cortadera; chinche de las huertas
  • Portuguese: percevejo fedorento (Brazil)

Local Common Names

  • Brazil: percevejo fedorento

EPPO code

  • EDESME (Edessa meditabunda)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hemiptera
  •                         Suborder: Heteroptera
  •                             Family: Pentatomidae
  •                                 Genus: Edessa
  •                                     Species: Edessa meditabunda

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

Central America and Caribbean

Antigua and BarbudaPresentSchotman, 1989
BarbadosPresentSchotman, 1989
CubaPresentKirkaldy, 1909; Rizzo, 1971
GrenadaPresentRizzo, 1971; Schotman, 1989
HaitiPresentSchotman, 1989
JamaicaPresentKirkaldy, 1909; Rizzo, 1971
MontserratPresentSchotman, 1989
Saint Kitts and NevisPresentSchotman, 1989
Saint LuciaPresentSchotman, 1989
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPresentSchotman, 1989
Trinidad and TobagoPresentSchotman, 1989

South America

ArgentinaPresentCuezzo & Hidalgo, 1997; Saini, 1992
BrazilPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-AmazonasPresentRizzo, 1971
-Espirito SantoPresentRizzo, 1971
-GoiasWidespreadKishino & Alves, 1994
-Mato GrossoPresentKrinski et al., 2012
-Mato Grosso do SulPresentSilva et al., 2004
-Minas GeraisWidespreadKishino & Alves, 1994; Rizzo, 1971
-ParaPresentKrinski, 2013
-ParanaPresentde Gastal, 1977; Rodriguez and Smith, 1976
-Rio Grande do SulWidespreadLorenzato & Corsveil, 1982; Tespleo et al., 1977
-Sao PauloPresentRizzo, 1971; Magrini et al., 1996
ColombiaPresentKirkaldy, 1909; Rizzo, 1971
French GuianaPresentKirkaldy, 1909; Rizzo, 1971
GuyanaPresentSchotman, 1989
ParaguayPresentKohayshi & Agurro, 1988
SurinamePresentSchotman, 1989
UruguayPresentRizzo, 1971

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Inflorescence / external feeding
Inflorescence / fall or shedding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Eutrichopodopsis nitens Parasite Adults/Nymphs
Hexacladia smithi Parasite Eggs
Trissolcus euschisti Parasite Eggs
Trissolcus urichi Parasite Eggs


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Almela Pons GR; Trione SO, 1972. Interaction, at the amino-acid level, between Edessa meditabunda (F.) and cultivars of vines (Vitis vinifera L.) susceptible and resistant to attack by it. Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, 18(2):3-12

Correa-Ferreira BS; Moscardi F, 1995. Seasonal occurrence and host spectrum of egg parasitoids associated with soybean stink bugs. Biological Control, 5(2):196-202

Corso IC; Porto MDM; Heinrichs EA; Lehman PS, 1978. Combined effect of bugs and fungi on the dropping of pods and the yield components of soyabean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill). Anais da Sociedade Entomologica do Brasil, 7(2):105-114

Cuezzo F; Fidalgo P, 1997. Hexacladia smithii Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae): a new record for Argentina and two new pentatomid hosts recorded, Antiteuchus variolosus Westwood and Edessa meditabunda F. (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Entomologist, 116(1):11-14; 9 ref.

Eremejovich JA, 1980. `Elvaneo de frutos' como limitante para el cultivo de la hoja. Revista de la Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1(1):33-39.

Fabricius JC, 1794. Entomologia systematica. Emendata at aucta. V. 4. Copenhague.

Galileo MHM; Gastal HA de O; Grazia J, 1977. Population survey of pentatomidae (Hemiptera) in crops of soy bean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) in the Municipality of Guaiba, Rio Grande do Sul. Revista Brasileira de Biologia, 37(1):111-120

Galileo MHM; Heinrichs EA, 1979. Damage caused to soyabean at different levels of infestation during growth. Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira, 14(3):279-282

Gastal HA de O, 1977. Observations on Eutrichopodopsis nitens Blanchard (Diptera, Tachinidae) parasitising Nezara viridula (L.) (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 20(3/4):153-157

Grazia J; Vecchio MC del; Balestieri FMP; Ramiro ZA, 1980. Study of the nymphs of the pentatomids (Heteroptera) that live on soyabean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill): I - Euchistus heros (Fabricius, 1798) and Piezodorus guildinii (Westwood, 1837). Anais da Sociedade Entomologica do Brasil, 9(1):39-51

Kirkaldy GW, 1909. Catalogue of the Hemiptera (Heteroptera). Cimicidae 1. Berlin, Germany: Felix L. Dames.

Kishino KI; Aleves TA, 1994. Pragas que atacam a soja na regiao do Cerredos. Relatorio Tecnico de Projecto Nipo-Brasileno de Cooperacao em Pesquisa Agricola. Planaltina, Brazil: EMBRAPA, 89-126.

Kobayashi T; Aguero Gde, 1988. Singular occurrence of soybean insect pests and the control of them under the severe drought condition in Paraguay. JARQ, Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly, 22(2):157-160

Krinski D, 2013. First report of phytophagous stink bug in chicory crop. Ciência Rural, 43(1):42-44.

Krinski D; Favetti BM; Butnariu AR, 2012. First record of Edessa meditabunda (F.) on lettuce in Mato Grosso State, Brazil. Neotropical Entomology, 41(1):79-80.

Link D; Estefanel V; Santos OS dos; Mezzomo MC; Abreu LEV, 1973. The influence of attacks by Pentatomids on the agronomic characters of seeds of soy bean, Glycine max (L.) Mer. Anais da Sociedade Entomologica do Brasil, 2(1):59-65

Link D; Grazia J, 1987. Pentatomidae of the central region of Rio Grande do Sul (Heteroptera). Anais da Sociedade Entomologica do Brasil, 16(1):115-129

Lorenzato D; Corseuil E, 1982. Effects of different control measures on the main pests of soyabean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) and its predators. Agronomia Sulriograndense, 18(1):61-84

Lorenzato D; Goncalves HM; Sechin J, 1979. Seasonal abundance of and the effect of insecticides on phytophagous species on soyabean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) and their natural enemies. Agronomia Sulriograndense, 15(1):53-75

Magrini EA; Silveira NS; Botelho PSM; Negrim SG, 1996. Occorrencia de percevejos no municipio de Pirassununga-SP, associada com a fenologia da soja. Revista de Agricultura Piracicaba, 71(2);187-195.

McPherson JE, 1982. The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of northeastern North America with emphasis on the fauna of Illinois. Illinois USA: Southern Illinois University Press Carbondale, ix + 240 pp.

Panizzi AR; Machado-Neto E, 1992. Development of nymphs and feeding habits of nymphal and adult Edessa meditabunda (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) on soybean and sunflower. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 85(4):477-481

Panizzi AR; Smith JG, 1976. Occurrence of pentatomids on soy bean in Parana during 1973/74. Biologico, 42(7/8):173-176

Rizzo HFE, 1971. Morphological and biological aspects of Edessa meditabunda (F.) (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae). Sociedad Entomologica del Peru: Proceedings of the First Latin-American Congress Entomology, Cuzco, Peru, 12th-18th April 1971.: Anales del Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Entomologia Cusco, Peru, 12-18 de Abril 1971, 14:272-281

Rodriguez ML; Smith JG, 1976. Ocorrencia de Hemiptera em cultura de berinjela (Solanum melongena L.). Anais da Sociedade Entomologica do Brasil, 5(2):147-151.

Saini ED, 1984. Identification of the eggs of pentatomids (Heteroptera) found in soyabean crops. Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agrapecuaria (IDIA), Nos. 425-428:79-84

Saini ED, 1992. Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) found on species of Solanum. Revista de la Sociedad Entomologica Argentina, 51(1-4):63-70

Schotman CYL, 1989. Plant pests of quarantine importance to the Caribbean. RLAC-PROVEG, No. 21:80 pp.

Silva TRBda; Oliveira JCSde; Lazarini E; Soratto RP, 2004. Evaluation of insecticides for the control of stinkbugs and action on natural enemies in soyabean varieties. (Avaliação de inseticidas no controle de percevejos e ação sobre inimigos naturais em variedades de soja.) Revista de Agricultura (Piracicaba), 79(2):197-214.

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