Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brown marmorated stink bug found on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

From Tom Kuhar, Virginia Tech Entomologist

The brown marmorated stink bug has now been found on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

Nymphs of this exotic pest were feeding on yellow squash in our research plots in Painter, VA. As far as I know, this is the first documented occurrence of this pest on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

Based on reports from New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and western counties of Virginia, this insect can be quite damaging to numerous crops, and population densities can build up to extreme levels. 

Crops that can be particularly hard hit include tree fruit, peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, and from what I saw, cucurbits as well. In the fall, this stink bug will also aggregate on and in building structures similar to the Asian multicolored lady beetle. Click more to view an image of this pest. [More]

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