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Today I found this little bugger on the outside stucco near Vienna (AUT). Though I'm a big fan of bugs in general, certain members of the Pentatomidae, or their super-family the Pentatomoidea, especially the Palomena prasina (European shield bug) is not one of my favourites since their stink glands on the abdomen can secrete a foul-smelling and long-lasting secretion.

To my surprise, this quite beautifully ornamented bug with a length of about 7-8 mm didn't seem to tend to secretion even when stressing him a bit with a cotton swab (Disclaimer: no bugs were harmed during this test).

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Can anyone help me identify this bug which seems to belong to the Hemiptera family (just my assumption, please correct me if I'm wrong).

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Nezara viridula, Green Vegetable Bug (and other names).

Probably fifth instar, as the body is mostly green. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nezara_viridula

Found by searching images using the terms:

green stink bug with four rows of yellow dots

enter image description here Photo by Charles Schurch Lewallen, under Creative Commons license. Found at https://bugguide.net/node/view/8819

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  • $\begingroup$ Thx for your id and the link, looks like the one I photographed is the Fifth instar. I didn't know they moult five times before reaching maturity and have different color morphs - quite impressive! $\endgroup$
    – iLuvLogix
    Jul 19, 2021 at 8:08
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    $\begingroup$ You are right, I change my answer. $\endgroup$ Jul 19, 2021 at 8:39

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