Mississippi hosting emergency forum on red-banded stink bug

In Delta Farm Press

by Mary Hightower

August has shaped up as an explosive month for the redbanded stink bug, a difficult-to-control and highly damaging pest in soybean, prompting organization of the Ark-La-Miss Emergency Forum on Redbanded Stink Bugs, set for Aug. 17 at the Capps Center in Stoneville, Miss.

The forum begins at 2 p.m. There’s no cost to attend and the event will be live steamed and recorded for those who cannot make it to Stoneville. For information, contact the Delta Research and Extension Center at 662-686-3214. Continue reading

Invasive Bagrada bug may cause ‘stink’ in South Central Texas

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris, an invasive stink bug that has been slowly spreading through the southwestern U.S. for the past decade, has recently been reported in Hays County, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist.

“This bug can cause serious crop damage as well as cause damage to plants in commercial nurseries and home gardens and landscapes,” said Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management specialist, Bexar County. Continue reading

Join the National March Madness Citizen Science Project to find the BMSB

University and USDA Entomologists are teaming up to map the location and population density of a newly invasive insect, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys. You can help us track and the insect in urban environments by joining the project to put BMSB on the map.

  • Representative elementary and middle schools in each of the 48 States are receiving this invitation to participate in the

 ‘March Madness Citizen Science Project to Find Stinky’ .

  • Students and parents interested in participating in the project will begin
    by taking an image of your BMSB.  Then send your image to EDDMaps
    . Once confirmed, report your findings daily.
  • Follow the guidelines on the BMSB Project website to get started.

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Kudzu bugs are now in Arkansas

In the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension news

by Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas

Kudzu bugs, a fast-moving, invasive pest of soybeans, have been confirmed in Arkansas, but the ones found in Crittenden County probably arrived too late to do any damage to the state’s bean crop, Nick Seiter, extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Monday.

Kudzu bugs, a native of Asia, were first found in a handful of counties in Georgia in 2009. Since then, their range exploded to span the South. Last December, Jeremy Greene, professor of entomology at Clemson, told those at the Tri-State Soybean Forum in Dumas that the bugs’ presence in Arkansas was not a matter of “if,” but “when.” Continue reading

Texas scientists find that redbanded stink bug is a serious threat

Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a report in the journal Environmental Entomology.

Various types of stink bugs have long been a problem on soybean crops, but when sweeps of fields in southeast Texas netted 65 percent redbanded stink bugs, entomologists realized this particular bug had become the predominant pest problem, according to Dr. Mo Way, an entomologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Beaumont.

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Redbanded stink bug is major soybean pest in Louisiana

In Delta Farm Press

LSU AgCenter researchers are looking at different aspects of the redbanded stink bug. Changes in the state’s climate seem to be causing changes in the population of this insect in Louisiana, LSU entomologist Jeff Davis said.

“Redbanded stink bug is still our major stink bug pest and has been for the past 15 years,” Davis said. “But last year throughout the state there were very low populations.”

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AgriLife Extension experts: Bagrada bug could spread throughout the U.S.

Yet again, another insect pest has moved into South Texas with the potential to damage crops and spread to other parts of the nation, according to experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco.


“This one is called the bagrada bug, a stink bug that will affect primarily our winter vegetable crops,” said Dr. Raul Villanueva, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in Weslaco. “This one comes to us from Mexico, but unlike many other invasive species, it was first reported in California then El Paso, moved into Mexico, then to the Rio Grande Valley.”

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Are you a good stink bug or a bad stink bug?

Southeast Farm Press has a photo gallery of 6 species of stink bugs, some pests and others beneficial (yes, they’re not all bad).

Click here to see the gallery.

For the identification, look at the right of the screen, right above the advertisement.

Researcher at Auburn University targeting voracious Kudzu bug

Alabama Extension specialist and Auburn University professor Xing Ping Hu is gaining insight into the virulent kudzu bug, including the discovery of a native predator that could go a long way toward reducing the pest’s numbers.

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Researchers Discover the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug’s Winter Hideout

Researchers believe they have identified where brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) gathers in natural landscapes during winter, and their findings could help farmers manage this invasive insect. Doo-Hyung Lee, a postdoctoral research associate with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, wants to understand precisely what the risks are to growers from BMSB overwintering in natural landscapes. Lee works with a team of scientists led by Tracy Leskey at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in West Virginia.

“We know BMSB aggregate inside human-made structures in very high numbers,” Lee explains. “However, in the natural landscape, BMSB are spread out. They can be anywhere. They can remain unchecked by any management strategies, spreading randomly and building their population.”

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