The Enemy of My Enemy

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Typically, finding a new insect from Asia living and thriving in North America is bad news. However, a parasitoid wasp Trissolcus japonicus, that is a potential biocontrol agent for the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink bug has now been located in the wild, first in Maryland and now in the state of Washington. In both cases, the wasp was found in stink bug eggs that were placed as sentinels to survey for potential parasitoids that are native to the US. Finding an Asian species on both sides of the continent is puzzling. Hopefully, it will be helpful in controlling Brown Marmorated Stink Bug populations.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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