The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Pentatomidae: Halyomorpha halys) is an introduced stink bug species from Asia that is spreading throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States, having been first collected in Pennsylvania in the fall of 1996 (Hoebeke and Carter 2003), with isolated populations occurring in Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, and California. It is native to South Korea, Japan, and eastern China, where it is a pest of tree fruit and soybeans. It has inflicted significant damage on fruit farms in the United States as well. (Hamilton 2009; Nielsen and Hamilton 2009) In 2007, this stink bug was reported for the first time from Europe (from several sites in the region around Zurich, Switzerland), suggesting that it may be spreading in Europe as well (Wermelinger et al. 2008)
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