A new record of the invasive stink bug Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is reported for McDonough County, in west-central Illinois. BMSB is known to cause severe damage to commodities in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Adults seek homes as overwintering sites and are a nuisance. Currently there are limited options to control BMSB and monitoring their presence and range extension can contribute to the development of pest management strategies. This represents one of the western-most records of this insect in Illinois. The current distribution and potential economic and ecological impacts of BMSB are discussed.
|Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science
|Published - 2016