Spined Soldier Bug and Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, good and bad lookalike bugs
Photo: Clarence Holmes Wildlife/Alamy; Courtesy of National Pest Management Association/Thomas V. Myers

Spined Soldier Bug vs. Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

Spined soldier bugs are good guys, feeding on insects that eat up your garden, while, in addition to being malodorous, marmorated stinkbugs chow down on veggies and fruits. To tell one from the other, look for the extra-pointy shoulders the spined soldier bug sports and the brown-and-white stripes on the stinkbug's lower half and antennae.
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