Kudzu bugs found on lima beans in Delaware

07/30/2013 11:39:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

kudzu bugCourtesy Auburn UniversityKudzu bugs, a pest of legumes, continue to march north, most recently having been found in Delaware.

Since it was originally discovered in Georgia in 2009, it has been found as far west as Louisiana and now as far north as Delaware, according to a Rutgers University pest advisory.

A private consultant in south Delaware found bugs on pole lima beans and then soybeans.

The insect primarily feeds on kudzu, although it also will feed on soybeans and other legumes.

Much like the brown marmorated stink bug, kudzu bugs form large masses in the fall, invading homes and other structures.

Kudzu bugs are about the size of a pencil eraser and are wider than they are long.

They are in the same taxonomic order as stink bugs but don't have the typical stink bug appearance.

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