Two New Stink Bug Species Named for Dragons From Game of Thrones

Neoacledra drogon and Neoacledra viserion

By Eduardo Faundez, Ph.D. Recently two new Chilean species of stink bugs were discovered and named after Drogon and Viserion, dragons of the TV series “Game of Thrones,” based on A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. My colleagues—Mariom Carvajal at the Instituto de la Patagonia, University of Magallanes and David Rider, Ph.D., […]

Do You Know the Harlequin Bug’s Favorite Color?

harlequin bug

By Josh Lancette Ever wondered what a harlequin bug’s favorite color is? Some researchers from Virginia Tech and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service now have an answer. To help improve trapping of the harlequin bug (Murgantia histrionica), a pest of crops in the genus Brassica (such as cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, mustard, and cabbage) and a member […]

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 […]