With the string of beautiful fall days have come multiple sightings of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) around Tippecanoe County homes and campus buildings. Interestingly, only reported by staff members of Purdue’s Entomology Department. In comparison, one (1) BMSB was found in the Lafayette area last year. A few weeks ago, Dr. Tracy Leskey, USDA-ARS, presented to our department a seminar about their experiences with BMSB around her Maryland research facility, as well as, neighboring urban and farming areas. For those attending the Indiana CCA Conference on December 21, she will be We’re certain, that BMSB are active in many areas of the state, especially on warm, sunny days crawling around on sunlit sides of homes and businesses. As one colleague noted, they seem partial to screens on sunrooms. They, like the Asian lady beetle, BMSB are attempting to gain inside access for overwintering. As these beautiful fall days dwindle, please take a look. Should you find BMSB, please let us know. They are quite distinctive from other brownish stink bugs with the 2 light colored patches on their antennae (see picture). Even more helpful is if you can take an infocus, close-up picture to send to us. Please include location (county and nearest city) and approximate numbers of BMSB. Key identifying characteristics for the BMS
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