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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Halyomorpha halys Stl (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

Summary: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an exotic invasive
bug that probably entered the U.S. in packing crates originating
in Asia, where it is a serious pest of soybeans and many fruit
trees. It was first reported as a nuisance pest invading homes in
Allentown, PA, in 2001, but was likely present there since the
mid-1990s. BMSB, unlike other stink bug species, invades warm
buildings in the fall to seek overwintering sites. BMSB was
recently confirmed as a significant agricultural pest in the U.S. as
well, when it appeared in many commercial crops in 2010.
U.S. Distribution/Spread:
BMSB has been detected in over 20 eastern and southern states
ranging from Maine to Mississippi, as well as Ohio, California
and Oregon. Most believe the distribution is much wider than
currently documented, and that detections will increase with
greater public awareness of this pest. BMSB is a strong flyer and
readily hitchhikes on vehicles, contributing to the rapid spread of
this pest over great distances.


Source: Anisimov, Mikhail - Institute for Physical Science and Technology & Department of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park


Collections: Physics; Materials Science