Biology and management of the green stink bug

September 26, 2012
This shows green stink bug, A. hilare, adults. Normal green coloration is shown in (A) and the atypical orange coloration is shown in (B). Credit: K. Kamminga

The green stink bug is one of the most damaging native stink bug species in the United States. Stink bugs feeding on cotton, soybeans, tomatoes, peaches, and other crops can result in cosmetic damage as well as reduced quality and yield.

A new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, "Biology and Management of the Green Stink Bug," offers farmers and growers advice on how to deal with this .

According to the authors, stink bugs have become a major challenge to systems because control options are basically limited to the application of broad-spectrum insecticides such as organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids. However, neonicotinoids are generally effective for control of this stink bug and may be less disruptive to its .

Further options for stink bug management that are being explored include the use of trap crops and enhancing beneficial parasitoid populations. Cultural options, including trap cropping and the planting of resistant varieties, have been documented as decreasing crop injury by stink bugs. In addition, there are multiple natural enemies that reduce population numbers.

The authors go on to describe the green 's life cycle, seasonal biology, host plants, and management options such as pheromone trapping, chemical control, cultural control, and biological control.

Explore further: Stink bugs shouldn't pose problem until late summer

More information: esa.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/esa/jipm/2012/00000003/00000003/art00006

Related Stories

Stink bugs shouldn't pose problem until late summer

March 31, 2011

Last fall, Stephanie Sturmfels battled stink bugs at her Pike Creek home and yard. “Stink bugs were on my deck, they were on my front porch, some were even in my house,” recalls the mother of two small children. ...

Researchers develop stink bug monitoring tool

May 4, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- As crop growers and homeowners brace for another year of infestations by the brown marmorated stink bug, Penn State researchers have released a Web-based tool that they hope will help enhance their understanding ...

Infestation of stink bugs continues to spread across Virginia

September 20, 2012

(Phys.org)—In the 12 years since brown marmorated stink bugs were discovered in Allentown, Pa., the voracious insect has made a slow and steady march toward Virginia. Since it was found in the state in 2004, it has caused ...

Stink bugs are on the move across Pennsylvania

July 15, 2008

(PhysOrg.com) -- They're big, they're distinctively aromatic, and they're coming to a home near you. Stink bugs are on the move across Pennsylvania and a bug expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says we ...

Asian 'megapest' is chomping up US orchards

June 28, 2011

A stink bug from Asia is chomping up US vegetable fields, orchards and vineyards, causing experts to scramble through an arsenal of weapons to try and halt this stealthy, smelly predator.

Stink bug spread worries growers across nation

May 20, 2011

(AP) -- An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.

Recommended for you

Humans found to be playing a role in spread of ranavirus

September 28, 2016

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Zoological Society of London, Queen Mary University of London, University College London and Herpetofauna Consultants International and assisted by citizen scientists involved with ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.