Is This Stink Bug Early?

Brown marmorated stink bug, 8 August 2023, Pittsburgh (photograph by Kate St. John)

10 August 2023

To not be outdone by spotted lanternflies, this 12 months’s first brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) confirmed up outdoors my window on Tuesday 8 August. His larvae have been round since June, possibly earlier, however as an grownup I believe he’s early. Often we don’t discover the adults till October.

Seven years in the past I wrote concerning the animals that eat brown marmorated stink bugs. Now that the bugs are already right here, their predators had higher get on the job rapidly. Or are all of them worn out by noticed lanternflies?

p.s. Talking of predators, on 8 August I mentioned that researchers are working on importing a natural predator for spotted lanternflies however that it’ll take years to verify it’s secure. Effectively, in 2018 scientists found {that a} natural predator of stink bugs had showed up on its own, by accident imported the identical manner because the stink bug. Possibly this may occur for noticed lanternflies. It could save everybody numerous hassle!

(photograph by Kate St. John)

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