Ethiopian visitor

DAY 208 (30 OCTOBER) – Green stink bug (Nezara viridula) (Vejer, Spain)

Found this little chap (or chapess) today sliding around at the edge of our marble staircase. He turns out to be a green stink bug, though I haven’t been able to find out why the ‘stink’ bit. In Spanish he’s known as a chinche verde, which is much nicer.

They are thought to originate in Ethiopia, but because of their strong flight (and human trade routes), have now spread worldwide to temperate and hot regions. Not sure why he liked being in our house. We don’t have any of his favourite food (green beans and soybeans) on our terrace, nor the fruit trees for which this bug is considered dangerous.

An American website I found suggested several ways to dispose of him: hoovering up, “walloping” with soapy water, and electrocuting. I quite liked him, so let him do his thing.

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