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southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula)

Closeup of a stink bug, nearly uniformly bright green in color, crawling along a horizontal plant stem.

The biochemical conflict between plants and the insects that eat them is vastly complex, as illustrated by new research identifying nearly 700 proteins in the saliva of just five stink bug species, many of which play potential roles in suppressing or deactivating plants’ own chemical defenses. The southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula), shown here, was one of the species included in the study. (Photo by Johnny N. Dell,

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