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kudzu bug and Ooencyrtus nezarae

kudzu bug and Ooencyrtus nezarae

Though barely more than a millimeter in length, the tiny wasp Ooencyrtus nezarae (right) can take a big bite out the invasive kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria, left). The wasp species, native to Asia, was discovered parasitizing kudzu bug egg masses in North America for the first time in the summer of 2016 and shows promise as a potential biological control for kudzu bug, a pest of soybean and other legume crops in the southern United States. (Images originally published in Ademokoya et al 2018, Journal of Insect Science)

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