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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.

Maryland Kudzu Bug Survey
Maryland Kudzu Bug Survey.

Texas Invasives Database - Megacopta cribraria

EPPO Global Database - Megacopta cribraria
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Federal Government

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.

State Government

Pest Alert: Bean Plataspid, Megacopta cribraria, an Exotic Legume Pest Established in Georgia (Mar 2010; PDF | 985 KB)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests

Kudzu Bug Information (PDF | 591 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Division.
See also: Hot Pest Topics for more factsheets


Kudzu Bug - Invasive Pest Coming to Arkansas and the Impact on Soybeans (PDF | 818 KB)
University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.
See also: Arkansas Invasive Pests for more factsheets

Invasive Species Program: Kudzu Bug
Clemson University. Regulatory Services.

EDIS - Bean Plataspid
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY527

ENTFACT-154: Kudzu Bug
University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Entomology.

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

Soybeans - Kudzu Bug
North Carolina State University. Extension.

Invasive Pest and Fall Home Invader: Kudzu Bug (Jun 2016; PDF | 1.4 MB)
University of Tennessee. Institute of Agriculture.


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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Last Modified: Aug 25, 2018
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