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According to the Bug Guide website, more than 5,000 species of stink bugs exist worldwide. Stink bugs have a typical insect life cycle, with eggs produced during the warmer months and adults hibernating during colder months. Depending locale and climate, the life duration of stink bugs varies.
Different species of stink bugs share common life cycles. Adult stink bugs mate in the spring, with females producing masses of eggs almost weekly from June to September. Stink bug females produce up to to 400 eggs in their lifetimes, according to the University of Florida extension service website. Once eggs hatch after about four to five days, the nymphs go through five stages of growth. Each stage lasts about one week, according to the University of Florida website. The Penn State University website suggests that warmer living conditions allow for more breeding, whereby two or three generations are produced each year.
The life span of a stink bug varies according to species and range. For example, the adult rice stink bug, found east of the Rocky Mountains, has a life span of 50 days, according to the University of Arkansas. The adult conchuela stink bug, found in New Mexico and Texas, typically lives more than 70 days, as stated by New Mexico State University.
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