Prior to our first major frost of the fall I had opportunity to photograph arthropods on some of the few remaining flowering golden rod plants. Honeybees in particular, were out in quantity, as were stinkbugs.
This group, easily recognized by their shieldlike body, includes many crop and garden pests. Some stink bugs are predators of economically significant moth larvae.
These insects get their name from defensive aromatic compounds produced within their thoracic glands. There are about 250 species of stinkbugs in the U.S.