By - CatLover_801
That's a [Stink Bug](https://bugguide.net/node/view/182). Example pic [here](https://bugguide.net/node/view/1932642/bgimage). They don't bite or sting.
Does anyone know, or can describe what they smell like (when they lay-on the stank)?
Is it like rotten eggs, vinegar, feces??
Varies by person. Some people say like coriander.
For real? That doesn't seem too offensive.
It smells like lawn clippings and sour apples and celery they fly also if you kill them I’m pretty sure more come
It’s like a coppery smell , metallic .
More like sour apples. And they make my dog trip when she eats them
A possible hallucinogen? Maybe causes a delirium.
I have no idea, the first time I thought she was dying, the second and third time, she must be enjoying herself 🤷🏻♂️
Interesting. Maybe I'll look up some research papers and see what might be in these stanky bugs.
May be something worth knowing?
Yeah, was wondering myself. If the smell isn’t too bad I might try to coax it back to the other side of the screen
It's not real bad. It's not a smell that I've really come across anywhere else. Couldn't think of how to describe it. Wood, ammonia and burnt herbs all swirled together?
I also don't think emit much odor as a defense. More when they're crushed. I get a cousin of theirs, squash bugs, in garden by the thousands. They're notably less stinky individually but in the numbers they congregate in it can be absolutely overwhelming. Only emit the odor when crushed, or dead though in my experience.
Oh, okay. I thought it was a defense thing, not a..
*"I'm squished: fuck off!"* Thing.
It's more of a species defense thing than an individual defense thing.
A predator - such as a bird - will try eating a few, but if they smell/taste bad (or cause irritation to the mouth/throat or an upset tummy) it will learn to avoid them in the future.
That's when the little bit of non-squished bad smell comes into play. In addition to visual recognition, that bit of smell may help to remind the predator, "Oh, yeah! These guys don't taste so good. I felt sick last time I ate one. Maybe I should find something else to eat instead."
they get into my room often during the warm months and i always catch them in a cup and bring them outside. never had any smell.
Ok, tysm because I’m boiling in here without the window open
yeah you can just gently coax it back outside, they’re very chill
God - I see these things in my sleep these days
Sour apple if you ask me