Stink Bugs: New IPM Guide for Midwestern Corn, Soybean Growers

Stink bug adults

Farmers in the midwestern United States have been battling increasing infestations from a variety of stink bug species in recent years, and now they have a new free resource for understanding and managing the emerging pests. Today, the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) published “Identification, Biology, Impacts, and Management of Stink Bugs (Hemiptera: […]

Temperature Affects Stink Bugs More than Any Other Factors

By Richard Levine Many things can affect the size and range of insect populations, including the climate, the availability of food sources, and the absence or presence of predators. But when it comes to certain stink bugs, researchers have found that temperature is the most important factor affecting regional distribution and abundance. By using complex […]

Stink Bugs Lay Dark or Light Eggs, Depending on Amount of Light

Female stink bugs lay eggs that are sometimes dark and sometimes light, depending on the amount of light on the surface of the egg-laying area. The newly discovered adaptation may explain why some stink bug species are able to deposit their eggs on top of leaves, as the darker-colored eggs are better protected from UV […]

Stink Bugs’ Tree Host Preferences May Provide Management Clues

By Kevin Fitzgerald Since its discovery in Pennsylvania in 1998, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an invasive species native to eastern Asia, has swept into most U.S. states, parts of Canada, and several European countries. The creature feasts on a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, soybeans, and ornamental plants. New research published in […]

Stink Bugs as Biocontrol Agents Against … Stink Bugs

By Chris Patrick Imagine combating stink bugs with … stink bugs. Halyomorpha halys, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is a notorious, non-native agricultural pest — an indiscriminate destroyer of fruits, vegetables, and other farm crops. Managing this pest with a biological control agent (a living organism) is especially important for organic farmers whose regulations […]