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 […]

Green Alternatives May Control Stink Bugs and Help Monarch Butterflies

Dr. Patricia Glynn Tillman, an entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Tifton, Georgia, has found a green alternative for controlling various stink bugs that attack crops, which may also help monarch butterflies. Many farmers currently control stink bugs with broad-spectrum insecticides, which can also harm beneficial insects — ones that pollinate crops or […]