My Maine Coon Hunts Stink Bugs
by Ty Stuart
(Worland, WY USA)
Stick Bug! No cat as yet - sorry.
I adopted a Maine Coon female 4 years ago, named Wren. She loves being outside and catches leaves falling, she makes sure they are perfect, and brings them in for me.
She also loves stink bugs, she hunts them also and brings them in the house and lets them go.
Three years ago I smelled them and started looking around for the bugs and I found 8 of them on a curtain in the back bedroom!
She never smelled like them and so I watched her catch one and she was very gentle making sure not to hurt it.
So now I expect her to bring in the stink bugs and leaves maybe as a way of nesting?
Note: Stink bugs for us who are not sure what they are, are a superfamily of insects in the Heteroptera suborder of the Hemiptera order and, as such, share a common arrangement of sucking mouthparts. They are commonly referred to as shield bugs or stink bugs.
Stink bugs have glands in their thorax between the first and second pair of legs which produce a foul smelling liquid.
This liquid is used defensively to deter potential predators and is sometimes released when the bugs are handled carelessly - scientific name: Pentatomoidea (source: Wikipedia - verbatim - almost)