Friday, July 16, 2010

Red Banded Stink Bug in Alabama Feeding on Soybeans

Another significant insect event this week was the discovery of the red banded stink bug (Piezodorus sp.) feeding on soybeans in Baldwin County. This species had previously been reported from most other southern states, except Alabama. They have been reported to be very damaging to soybeans in Louisiana and other mid-south states. This species has the ability to be more damaging to beans than the other more common stink bugs (brown and Southern green). Most reports indicate the red banded may be more difficult to control with insecticides. All entomologists agree that populations can rebound greatly within 7-12 days after a spray.