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Kudzu Bug

Kudzu bug - Invasive.orgScientific name: Megacopta cribraria (F.) (Eger et al. 2010)

Common name: 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)

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.



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Kudzu Bug
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health; Megacopta Working Group.

Featured Creatures - Bean Plataspid
University of Florida. Entomology and Nematology Department.

Maryland Kudzu Bug Survey
Maryland Kudzu Bug Survey.

Texas Invasives Database - Megacopta cribraria


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.


Pest Alert: Bean Plataspid, Megacopta cribraria, an Exotic Legume Pest Established in Georgia
Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

Kudzu Bug Information (PDF | 591 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Division.


Kudzu Bug - Invasive Pest Coming to Arkansas and the Impact on Soybeans (PDF | 818 KB)
University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

Kudzu Bugs
Clemson University. Cooperative Extension.

Bean Plataspid: Megacopta cribraria
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Megacopta cribraria as a Nuisance Pest
University of Georgia. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Kudzu Bug
University of Maryland Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

Kudzu Bug - A Nuisance and Agricultural Pest
North Carolina State University. Entomology.


Eger, J.E., L.M. Ames, D.R. Suiter, T.M. Jenkins, D.A. Rider, and S.E. Halbert. 2010. Occurrence of the Old World bug Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Georgia: a serious home invader and potential legume pest. Insecta Mundi 0121:1-11.

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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