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Kudzu Bug

Kudzu bug - Invasive.orgScientific name: Megacopta cribraria (F.)

Common names: Kudzu bug, bean plataspid

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Native To: Asia (Ruberson et al. 2013)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 2009 (Ruberson et al. 2013)

Images: Invasive.org and Google

Videos: Kudzu Bug Arrives in Georgia - University of Georgia

Means of Introduction: Unknown (Zhang et al. 2012)

Impact: Damages soybeans and other legume crops (Zhang et al. 2012)

Current U.S. Distribution: Southeastern U.S.

Management Plans: Animals

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

ARS Assists in Fight Against Kudzu Bug (May/Jun 2012)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Photographs; Introduction History; Controls; Research

Megacopta cribraria Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research

Invasive Insect (Bean Plataspid) Poses Risk to Soybean Crops and Infests Homes in Southeastern States (Oct 2010; PDF | 50 KB)
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution

Can the Kudzu Bug Stop the Vine That Ate the South? (Jul 2012)
USDA. Forest Service. Southern Research Station. CompassLive.
Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Research

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State Government

Pest Alert: Bean Plataspid, Megacopta cribraria, an Exotic Legume Pest Established in Georgia
Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
Taxonomy; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle

Bean Plataspid Beetle (Megacopta cribraria) (PDF | 244 KB)
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Dispersion

Kudzu Bug Information (PDF | 591 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Division.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution

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University/Academic

Kudzu Bug Invasion (PDF | 84 KB)
Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Montgomery County Extension Office.
Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution; Controls

Kudzu Bug - Invasive Pest Coming to Arkansas and the Impact on Soybeans (PDF | 818 KB)
University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Controls

Kudzu Bugs
Clemson University. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Invasive Species: Megacopta cribraria, Bean Plataspid
Extension.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History

Bean Plataspid: Megacopta cribraria
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Distribution

Bean Plataspid - Featured Creatures
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Megacopta cribraria as a Nuisance Pest
University of Georgia. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Kudzu Bug
University of Maryland Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts

Kudzu Bug - A Nuisance and Agricultural Pest
North Carolina State University. Entomology.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution; Controls

Exotic Invasive of the Quarter: Kudzu Bug (2012; PDF | 300 KB)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Controls

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International

Megacopta cribraria
Indian Council of Agricultural Research. National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat

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Organizations

Megacopta cribraria
Invasive.org.
Photographs; Introduction History; Special Note: Resources

KudzuBug.org
Megacopta Working Group.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Controls

Megacopta cribraria
Texasinvasives.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Citations

Ruberson, J.R., K. Takasu, G.D. Buntin, J.E. Eger Jr., W.A. Gardner, J.K. Greene, T.M. Jenkins, W.A. Jones, D.M. Olson, P.M. Roberts, D.R. Suiter, and M.D. Toews. 2013. From Asian curiosity to eruptive American pest: Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) and prospects for its biological control. Applied Entomology and Zoology 48(1):3-13.

Zhang, Y., J.L. Hanula, and S. Horn. 2012. The biology and preliminary host range of Megacopta cribraria (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) and its impact on kudzu growth. Environmental Entomology 41(1):40-50.

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Last Modified: Apr 16, 2014
 
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