Pest of the month: Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys)
Category name: Bugs
Importance: Native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Accidentally introduced into the USA in the mid-1990s, only to be established as a long term orchard pest 10 years later. Not currently present in Australia, but has been intercepted at the border by quarantine service agencies.
If BMSB was to become established in Australia, it would pose a significant threat to agricultural crops, plantation and native forests, and amenity plant species. BMSB feed on a wide range of fruit crops, vegetables, legumes and ornamental species. More