Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Location: Balzac, AB
Date: Apr. 16,  2008
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - male

Common Name:  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Yellow-Brown Stink Bug, East Asian Stink Bug

Latin Name:  Halyomorpha halys Stål, 1855
                        (R. Bercha, det.)

Length:  17 mm

Range: Expanding

Habitat: Various

Time of year seen:  April to October

Diet: Plant juice from fruit trees, beans, ornamental trees and shrubs.

Other:  The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an exotic species that was introduced to North America in 2001 from S.E. Asia, where it is considered to be a significant agricultural pest. Its presence was first confirmed near Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Since that time its range has expanded with specimens being collected as far west as Oregon.  Identifying characteristics include: overall brown body color, white banding on the antenna, alternating cream and dark brown stripes on the edges of the abdomen and a strong odor  when crushed or disturbed.  As fall approaches the bug will crawl into protected areas such as buildings to overwinter. (Hamilton et al, 2003) Note: only a single insect was found at this location. 


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