Sunday, March 25, 2007

Stinkbug again

When the weather warmed up briefly a few weeks ago the Brown Marmorated Stinkbugs Halyomorpha halys I wrote about in the Fall appeared to be crawling out of the small tv we have in the bedroom and out of crevices, nooks and crannies. I caught a total of four and mailed them to the Rutgers University Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension. If you see any of these bugs please let them know as this may become a major pest. They have an e form on the website so it's quick and easy.

What's marmorated? "Variegated like marble".

I got some better photos of them this time. As always click on the photo to see an enlargement.


Blogger DragonStone said...

I've seen those kind of bugs on my vegetable plants. They were definitely attracted to the pumpkin plant. I don't know if it's the same kind of bug or if I have a different variety where I live. It's pretty weird. The bugs don't like to be seen so they just move around the vine to the other side where they can't be seen unless I move around.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Dragonstone,
It may be some other kind of stinkbug as there are many different kind. These came in from Asia in the mid-late 90's and was first found in Pennsylvania. Some bugs are pretty smart and able to hide effectively. If you catch a stinkbug you'll know because they squirt a foul smell. These didn't. It could be because they just came out of hibernation and weren't quite awake yet.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hi ki,

Your stinkbugs are far more attractive than our stinkbugs here. The pictures are incredible ... and now I know what 'marmorated' means! Thank you!!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Kate, such beautiful markings on a very destructive pest. Should be a bug of the Egyptian pharaohs I think. Certainly as good as the scarab for design.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

hi ki,

I just read the comment you made in my blog about your chocolate lab. They are wonderful dogs, but they can be a challenge to raise. It sounds as if you did the best thing by giving the dog away ... and if the dog is around children, then he is probably happier anyway. They love kids!

And I agree with you about the stinkbug ... you've come up with a perfect place for it ...

8:18 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Kate, that dog was a handful and then some. She didn't have any early training and was left alone at home all day by the previous owners. Prob. was psychologically and emotionally damaged.

4:10 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Those are some great pictures.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Jenn,
I hope to take even better photos when I get better equipment.

5:43 AM  

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