Can you pick the BMSB? Here is the answer

31 October 2019

If you said the bug on the left-hand side is the BMSB, you are correct. The distinctive characteristics of the BMSB are the double white bands on the antennae, and the marmorated pattern (cream and brown zig zag).

The others are two of the most commonly seen native stink bugs. The bug in the middle is the Brown soldier bug, which is easily identifiable by the yellow crescent moon on its back. The bug on the far right is the Schellenberg’s soldier bug, which has spiny sharp shoulders.

You can read more about how to identify the BMSB from the many similar native stink bugs we have in New Zealand in our updated fact sheet online, and remember to report anything you think might be this unwanted pest.