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    $\begingroup$ It is an immature from the order Hemiptera. I am sure of that, but cannot help further. $\endgroup$
    – Karl Kjer
    Sep 24, 2018 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ @KarlKjer If you want to take the time, I think it might be worth posting a canonical immature hemiptera post with some identifying characteristics and any particularly interesting individual examples (you seem to be the most active arthropod ID answerer lately), then we can close and direct people there; although this is the only one I recall recently, I feel like since I've been here there have been a lot of questions on them, especially with the spread of certain shield bugs. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Sep 24, 2018 at 20:45

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This is an instar (nymph) of a shield or stink bug (order Hemiptera, family Pentatomidae).

Specifically, it appears quite similar to a later juvenile stage (~4th instar) of Chinavia hilaris, the Green Stink Bug.

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4th instar; Source: Oregon Dept of Agriculture

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4th instar; Source: UF IFAS; Credit: Herb Pilcher, USDA-ARS, Bugwood.org.

Alain Hogue also captured a wonderful picture of this species at bugguide.net


Distribution The green stink bug occurs in most of eastern North America, from Quebec and New England west through southern Canada and the northern U.S. to the Pacific Coast, and southwest from Florida though California. This is the most commonly encountered stink bug species in North America.


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