This insect goes by many names: stink bug, darkling beetle, clown beetle, and pinacate beetle. It is jet black in coloring and there are 1400 species within the family. Why does it have the name stink bug? You guessed it, it stinks–rather the secretion it emits from its hind quarters smells. When it feels threatened you see this bug do the stink stand by putting its rear in the air toward the threat. Interestingly, pinacate beetles are found west of the Mississippi River. Locally, they are quite often found in scrub and mountain regions–even islands off of California. Have you ever smelled one?