I found this interesting collection of bugs on a group of wild vines growing on my back fence last summer. When I was a kid my grandma told me to just leave them alone because they’re stink bugs, a name they acquired for obvious reasons. I tended to leave bugs alone anyway, but I think my brothers found out first hand how bad they smell.
So no, I won’t be squashing them.
The plants that have attracted these insects are twining along the chain link fence at the back of my yard. I haven’t planted any of them. I know There are grape vines, and clematis.
There is also some kind of teeny tiny green fruit marked by a teeny tiny bright yellow bloom. The leaves of that vine are somewhat like a maple leaf but smaller and much more delicate. If you have any ideas about what it might be I’m all ears.
The sunshine yellow bloom is about 3/8″ across. the green “fruit,” for lack of a better word, is green with white speckles—kind of like a green robin’s egg—and no more than an inch long.
There are more bugs and more vines that I can’t describe. I’ll keep an eye on them this summer and post some more pictures as things develop this summer.