This recording was provided by Mark Madison, historian of the National Conservation Training Center.

"Emergence of the Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug as Serious Agricultural and Nuisance Pest in the U.S."
Presented by Dr. Tracy Leskey
Entomologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Wednesday February 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the National Conservation Training Center cosponosred a presentation about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug the evening of Wednesday, February 9. The program was held at NCTC at 7:00 p.m. in the large Byrd Auditorium in the Entrance Building.

The presenter was Dr. Tracy Leskey, entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville.

Dr. Leskey and her colleagues at the Research Station are in the forefront of research into the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and she co-chairs a special USDA working group that is trying to find ways to respond to the problems the insect poses.

Native to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was apparently introduced into the U.S. in eastern Pennsylvania in the late 1990s. Since then, it has become firmly established throughout the Middle Atlantic region and is rapidly spreading to other parts of the country.

First thought to be simply a nuisance, the insect has quickly proven to be an increasingly serious agricultural pest that is capable of causing widespread damage to fruit and vegetable crops. Fruit growers in the Eastern Panhandle have been particularly hard hit over the past couple of years.

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