Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Damaging Peaches and Apples in WV, NJ, MD and VA

Joanne Whalen, Extension IPM Specialist; jwhalen@udel.edu

Over the past week, we received reports of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug adults being found in peaches and apple trees in West Virginia, NJ, Western Maryland and Virginia. So far, we have not heard of reports on the Eastern Shore but it is important that you scout orchards for activity. Reports from Dr. Tracy Leskey (USDA/ARS in WVA) indicated that the feeding in peaches was concentrated in the upper third of the canopy – and in some situations it appears that this is also the case with our native green and brown stink bugs. Please see the photos (courtesy of Dr. Tracy Leskey) of damage to young peaches online at http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/weeklycropupdate/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/BMSBonSmallPeaches.pdf.

 

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