Pesky pest !

eggs3August 4, 2012

Hello friends!

A friend of mine in Pittsburgh sent me this question and I'm hoping you can help us ID this pest and provide a remedy. Here is her question:

Dear fellow gardeners (or anyone!), please help! I have a small pest plaguing my Black-eyed Susan Vine (thunbergia alata). To me, it looks like a small, black tick that doesn't fly (as best I can tell). It hangs out on the underside of the leaves, making clusters of small, spherical white eggs, and causes the leaves to yellow and fall off prematurely. The most common pests for this plant (according to Google) are spider mites (I don't see any webbing), scales, and white flies, but none of these seems right. What are they, and more importantly, how do I get rid of them??

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys. A nymph (youngster).

It's an invasive insect that arrived in PA in 1998.

Your creature is a youngster. Doesn't make the eggs but recently hatched from one.

Instantly kill all you find.

Here is a link that might be useful: info from Penn State

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 7:41PM
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Yes.........kill it. Thank you global trade for yet another introduced pest, sure to cause our own agriculture major monetary losses.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 3:28AM
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