Spotting Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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Brown Marmarated Stink Bug
There are a lot of stink bugs in California however spotting brown marmorated stink bugs is a little easier when you look for a distinctive identifier.

Spotting BMSB in the Field

The brown marmorated stink bug (BSMB) could become a problem for fruit growers in California. Cal Poly professor David Headrick says identification can be tricky, but the brown marmorated stink bug has a distinctive identifier. This pest can be spotted by looking for the 2 white bands on their antennae.

More about BSMB
The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, has been detected in California. Wherever BMSB takes up residence, it causes severe crop and garden losses and becomes a nuisance to people. The ability of BMSB to hitchhike in vehicles and planes has allowed it to spread rapidly to new areas. Since it was introduced to the United States from Asia in the 1990s, BMSB has become established in the mid-Atlantic states as well as in Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles. Read more from UC Integrated Pest Management website.