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1 March 2015 Seasonal Dynamics and Plant Preferences of Megacopta cribraria, an Exotic Invasive Insect Species in the Southeast
Sarah M. Huskisson, Kayla L. Fogg, Taylor L. Upole, Caralyn B. Zehnder
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Megacopta cribraria (Kudzu Bug) (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) is an invasive insect in the Southeast. In Baldwin County, GA, we found adult Kudzu Bugs at high abundances throughout the summer, while juveniles showed peaks in early July and September. We conducted a series of choice-preference tests and determined that the insects preferred Glycine max (Soybean) over Phaseolus lunatus (Lima Bean). Additionally, they preferred Pueraria montana var. lobata (Kudzu) over Soybeans, highlighting the role of Kudzu as a primary host plant. Additionally, Kudzu Bugs continued to feed on Soybeans, even in the presence of Kudzu.

Sarah M. Huskisson, Kayla L. Fogg, Taylor L. Upole, and Caralyn B. Zehnder "Seasonal Dynamics and Plant Preferences of Megacopta cribraria, an Exotic Invasive Insect Species in the Southeast," Southeastern Naturalist 14(1), 57-65, (1 March 2015). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.014.0110
Published: 1 March 2015
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