Bagrada Bug

One of the newest invasive stink bugs to hit the states, this insect is strongly associated with Brassica crops although it has been reported as damaging on papaya, potato, maize,sorghum, and cotton showing a potentially much larger possible range of plants at risk, given the range of plant families affected.

Currently the host range is limited to S. California and Arizona but it has been intercepted on shipments leaving that locale. As producers from that region ship throughout the United States, growers should be on the look out for this distinctive stink bug.

More information including images of the bugs in various stages and damage can be found at the links.

Pest Alert: Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) an Exotic Pest ofCruciferae Established in the Western USA. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry

Bagrada Bug (Bagrada hilaris). County of Los Angeles Agricultural Commisioner/Weights and Measures.

The Bagrada Bug, a New Invasive Pest of Cole Crops. John Palumbo, Yuma Ag Center, University of Arizona, Yuma. Palumbo has pulled together a particularly useful set of information with wonderful photography as well as some biology and management information.

Bagrada bug. Center for Invasive Species Research. Great images and a nice distribution map for this invasive.