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Kudzu Bug

Megacopta cribraria


"The vine that ate the south" now has an insect predator. Kudzu bugs feed from sucking moisture and nutrients from the stems of legumes. They have spread hundreds of miles in only 3 years, and are impacting soybean farmers as well. The funny thing is they don't eat soy in their native range.

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barbarossa 11 years ago

I've been trying to find out whether this was introduced intentionally, so far I don't think it was.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

That is the problem with invasive species, they change their behavior in ways that can't be foresighted.

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Havelock, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2012
Submitted on Aug 28, 2012

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