|Marmorated stink bug - by Yerpo|
A few years ago we wrote about the marmorated stink bug, a new invasive species which was moving across the US, creating significant damage to fruit and vegetable crops. At that time it was in 33 states but hadn't reached us. The wait is now over.
"First Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Southwest Missouri Discovered in Greene County Springfield, Mo. - University of Missouri Extension Horticulturists Kelly McGowan and Patrick Byers say the first reported Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in southwest Missouri has been confirmed and area farmers and homeowners should be aware. "
There are several reasons that they are spreading so fast. They generally have one to two hatches a year, but can increase that to more in warm southern climates. They have been reproducing faster in the unseasonably warm weather of the last few years. They also are living longer, therefore depositing more eggs in their lifespan and producing more generations to lay even more eggs.
|Brown marmorated stink bugs hatching|
So what is the big stink about? It produces a chemical from glands on its abdomen that is said to smell like cilantro. Now this is a vegetable that may be even more controversial than President Bush's broccoli. What other food has a web page like I hate cilantro.com, with 3,300 active members obsessed with eliminating cilantro from all food dishes? Now if we could just get their members out in the apple orchards to attack stink bugs....
|Diagnostic features - idtools.org|
Details at Penn State Entomology.