Well, I wasn’t going for the bug. I was going for the hips – the red fruit of the rose – in this case Multiflora Rose (Rosa Multiflora).
As I shot through the tangle of branches attempting to capture “red” I noticed quite a few insects, including this one:
After a bit of searching, I decided this is a nymph phase of the Green Stinkbug (Acrosternum hilare). According to the entomology department at the University of Florida (which, by the way, lists the Latin name as Chinavia halaris (Say)), nymphs normally take about a month to grow into their adult form. From their pictures, I’d say this fellow is fifth instar, meaning it’s next molt will bring adult shape and colors. Given the cold temperatures, that may not happen until spring. Young stinkbugs at this time of year will find a place behind bark or under leaf litter to wait out the winter.
There are great pictures over at the University of Florida website of all phases of development, from egg right on through to adult. Check it out: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/bean/green_stink_bug.htm.
They also have this cool picture of peaches that show evidence of stinkbug feeding. I always wondered what caused those weird shapes!
No surprise: The Purdue website is more concerned about the damage this bug does to soybeans: http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/fieldcropsipm/insects/greenstinkbug.php.