Bug ID wanted

I found about a dozen of these bugs (beetles?) crawling around a few leaves of my nasturtiums. And on one leaf there was a egg case. They are about 1/4" long. I'm in Brooklyn, NY.
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I washed them off with a hose. In hindsight maybe I should have killed them. What are they?
Don http://foraging.com/ e-mail at page bottom.
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Not getting a response here I posted this on BugGuide. They are nymphs of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.
See: http://bugguide.net/node/view/674602
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Soap solution will push them away temporally. So thats new to you. I kill hundreds yearly. Many in the house, and attic really get a lot in sep-oct. The crawl up the side of the house. They like eating many vegetables. This is the third summer, and they came in and multiplied so fast. They need a warmer space to survive freezing. Supposed to start out central pa. Chinese stink bugs, from china.
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On 7/15/2012 10:10 PM, gregz wrote:

I saw this too late, but I knew right away it was a stink bug, I have only seen them in brown, though. They are a pain in the neck but at least they don't bite and they are slow. Avoid squashing them.

That's what I heard, too, then I saw some show, for the life of me I can't remember which, where these were being sold at a street market, people eat them. They say they taste like cinnamon. It didn't appear to be a new item on the Mexican menu. Maybe I'm wrong.
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Wikipedia has a listing for them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Marmorated_Stink_Bug
"it is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan."
"The brown marmorated stink bug was accidentally introduced into the United States from China or Japan. It is believed to have "hitched a ride" as a stowaway in packing crates. The first documented specimen was collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 1998. Several Muhlenberg College students were reported to have seen these bugs as early as August of that same year."
"As of November, 2011 it has spread to 34 U.S. states."
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On 7/16/2012 10:36 AM, Don Wiss wrote:

This article mentions the Aztecs eating stink bugs before the Spanish arrived:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Eat-Alive-Stink-Bugs-58864.shtml
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On 7/16/2012 11:15 AM, Nancy Young wrote:

I doubt you'd want to eat the stink bugs infesting us now. I accidentally chomped on one thinking a piece of pork chop had fallen off my plate. It did not taste like cinnamon.
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On 7/17/2012 3:12 PM, Frank wrote:

Oh, no. Yuck.
> It did not taste like cinnamon.

I know what I've heard for a few years now, stink bugs/China/etc. But it was my husband who saw this on some show and called me to check it out, saying So much for stink bugs coming from China.
This outdoor food market was selling stink bugs to eat and they were identical in appearance to these bugs that have been finding their way into my house every so often for the last five years or so. I wouldn't be able to tell them apart from each other if they are, in fact, a different type of stink bug. Which I guess they are.
I'd be a vegetarian before putting bugs on the menu anyway.
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