Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bugs on plant stem

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Black bugs
Black bugs  
I just notice that there is a collection of little black insects with a brownish  colored rigid shell on the bottom backside of the insect.

I've noticed that they have just appeared. I'm in Dallas,TX and it has been rainy and humid here.

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Nyla:

I'm confused.  You say that you are in Texas, but the origin of the question appears to be California.

Whatever the case, the insects appear to be nymphs (immatures, juveniles, "babies") of some kind of stink bug in the family Pentatomidae.  Stink bugs are rarely pests.

Not much more I can tell you, it is very difficult to identify insects when they are not in the adult stage.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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