So called because they pierce and suck the pods of plants e.g. beans. Pod-sucker can refer to many different species as really any bug that "sucks pods” will be a pod-sucker.
Some early instars mimic ants but they do not have the definite body divisions and their rostrum is still visible. I found one that looks like an assassin bug nymph but it has a different shaped head – this group sometimes referred to as broad headed bugs.
Includes green vegetable bug, red-banded shield bug, large brown bean bug, small brown bean bug, brown shield bug, leaf footed bug.
Adult size: 10-18 mm