This watercolor illustrates the lifecycle of the stinkbug species Murgantia histrionica, also referred to as harlequin bug. It is brightly colored in orange, red, and yellow, and shaped like a sheild. Native to Central America and Mexico, it is now foun across North America as well. Harlequin bugs are a pest and cause damage to a number of different vegetable crops. Females lay cluster of eggs on the undersides of leaves. Insects emerging from eggs go through a nymph stage of up to two months before reaching adulthood.

Publication: 1952. Insects: Yearbook of Agriculture: 1952. Plate 34.


  • Title: Harlequin bug
  • Creator: Mary Foley Benson
  • Physical Dimensions: 8" (20.3 cm) W x 14" (35.6 cm) H
  • Type: Illustration
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • Medium: Watercolor; Prints; Reprint
  • Scientific Name: <i>Murgantia histrionica</i>
  • Photo Credit: Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Entomology

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