The Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) is an invasive species that made its way from Asia to North America and was first officially documented in Allentown, PA in 2001 (it probably arrived several years earlier). The insect has spread across a number of Eastern US States, and its presence has now been documented in Oregon and California, as well. The species was first documented in NY in the Hudson Valley Region in 2008. We currently do not know the size or distribution of this pest in NY, but reports of sightings have increased annually since 2010.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) can be a nuisance outside the growing season as they congregate on and inside buildings looking for winter shelter. More significantly, they are now known to be aggressive pests of agricultural crops and caused significant damage to commercial fruit and vegetable plantings in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Agricultural damage in the Hudson Valley Region was infrequent and of limited economic importance until 2012 when severe damage was documented in a few locations.
The ENY-Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Project began in 2010 to address the potential impact this invasive species could have on NYS commercial agricultural commodities while documenting its pest status in the urban environment. The Hudson Valley Region, along with Metropolitan NY and Long Island, are the leading edge of the population expansion. By monitoring several agricultural commodities in the region, collecting, verifying and documenting the population spread along the agricultural-urban interface, we hope to assist residents and agricultural producers alike in understanding this pest and mediating its impact.
The map below shows our current knowledge of the documented distribution of Brown Marmorated Stinkbug in NY. You can click on the map to see a larger image.
2013 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Activity in Agriculture
The map below illustrates observed Brown Marmorated Stinkbug activity in commercial agricultural crops in NY during 2013 based on Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension monitoring efforts. Tetter traps (baited with Sterling MDT plus #10 lures), blacklight traps, field scouting and other monitoring techniques are being used to document presence and damage levels. You can click on the map to see a larger image.
Here are 2 ways you can help us track the distribution of the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug in NY!
Option 1. Mail us a sample for identification so we can document this pest's distribution.
Place captured specimens in a small plastic container such as a plastic medicine bottle or film canister. Be sure to fill out the Submission Form and include it with your sample. Provide the complete information listed so we can document the distribution of this insect AND let you know if your sample contained any BMSB. Live specimens will be added to the research colony being established for the project (we cannot return any samples).
Mail samples to:
Attn: Peter Jentsch, BMSB Project
Cornell Hudson Valley Lab
P.O. Box 727
Highland, NY 12528
Option 2. Use your IPhone to photograph and e-mail your sighting. This method is quick and easy! Take the best close-up photo you can and email it to email@example.com. The image will let us identify what species it is and the embedded GPS location in the IPhone photo will allow us to map your specimen's location.
Threat of Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys) to NY and New England on Tree Fruit, Small Fruit, Vegetable and Sweet Corn (March 2011). (Peter Jentsch, Cornell Hudson Valley Lab, Flash Movie, 28 minutes)
Detection and Mitigation of Emerging Pests in NYS: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) (May 4, 2011). (Presented by Laura McDermott, Extension Specialist, Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program. Co-Prepared by Peter Jentsch, Sr. Extension Associate, Department of Entomolog, Cornell University and Daniel Gilrein, Extension Entomologist, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Suffolk County. Vimeo Movie, 39 minutes)
Webinar: Introduction to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Cornell University, January 5, 2011
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10-8-2012 - Rise in stink bugs across the region causes concern: Cornell Hudson Valley Lab Entomologist Peter Jentsch speaks with the Poughkeepsie Journal about growing problems with Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in the Hudson Valley (Flash video - 2:50 minutes)
9-27-2012 - Tracking Invasives Using Your IPhone: The BMSB Citizen Scientist Project. Learn about becoming a citizen scientist and how you can help Cornell track the expansion of the Brown Marmorated Stickbug into your area. Discover some common insects that are mistaken for this pest and other invasive species to be aware of!
5-9-2011 - BMSB monitoring is underway! We are now monitoring for BMSB in commercial agricultural crops in ENY (see map above). Trap catch data and scouting results will be made available on this web site in the next few weeks.
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