Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Brown Marmorated Stinkbug?

My little buggers.

Halyomorpha halys. That is the link that Teri left in the comments of the previous post.

Image from invasive.org

Well, nevermind ominous music. Cue the bleeding Funeral March.

It eats FIGS!

I'm going out onto the terrace tomorrow with a blowtorch and a shotgun.

The ID process has been very interesting. Because everyone's opinion seems accurate at first glance.

Frank's comment reminded me about Bug Guide, to which I'd forgotten I belong (eep). So I posted the pictures and one person there voted for these Brown Marmorate Stinkbugs, and another, with an MS in entomology, said no nymph this young (referring to the creature walking up the stick in the previous post) could be ID'd without "rearing". I asked him to clarify, but he may sense ignorance and dilettantism and depart in an academic huff.

From Invasive. org:

"The bug is indigenous to Asia and is considered an agricultural pest in Japan. The insects have been found in trees and in houses, where they produce a pungent, malodorous chemical. The insect can be an agricultural pest, threatening apples, pears, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus, persimmon and soybeans. It was found in Allentown, PA in October, 2001."

From New York Times, 9/27/10: Marmorated stinkbugs

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