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Insect and Spider Identification: Megacopta cribraria-kudzu Bug

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #9236627

This is an FYI post, as this bug was first discovered in Georgia in 2009 and is an invasive exotic. At first it was thought to attack only Kudzu...and that wasn't a problem. But it also loves Soy beans, wisteria and Hyacinth bean and is spreading. An article in our local paper yesterday indicated that it had been IDed positively in Vicksburg MS, in addition to S Carolina and most of N Carolina. that is a lot of territory to cover in 3 short years.

http://www.appalachianfeet.com/2012/03/27/how-to-control-kudzu-bugs-megacopta-cribraria/

http://www.cotton.org/tech/flow/kudzu-bug-remediation.cfm

http://www.kudzubug.org/distribution_map.cfm

This message was edited Aug 10, 2012 10:16 AM

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9236645

I forgot the picture...

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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


August 10, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9236818

Reminds me of Jabba the Hut

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 10, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #9236824

LOL...it is a fat little thing...and voracious from all I have read...they tend to travel in "swarms". I guees we should have know that it wouldn't limit itself to a food source no one wants.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 12, 2012
5:37 PM

Post #9239323

FUnny lookin critter! Thanks for posting.

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