When people find out that I’m an entomologist they sometimes ask one of two questions: “So you study where words come from?” Or they pull out their phones to show me a blurry photo and ask, “What’s that bug?” I can’t tell you the origin of the word ‘bug’, but I can tell you a little bit about bug biology.
|Map of brown marmorated stink bug distribution from stopbmsb.org|
Key characteristics of BMSB from ipm.msu.edu/invasive_species/brown_marmorated_stink_bug
|BMSB feeding on raspberries from stopbmsb.org by Cesar Rodriguez-Saona and Doug Pfeiffer|
|Necrotic spots on an apple from stopbmsb.org by Tracy Leskey and Torri Hancock|
For now BMSB are not a serious problem in Colorado, but having seen the damage they cause in other parts of the country I plan to keep a watchful eye out for this one. If you want to learn more about BMSB you can visit the StopBMSB website. You can also report a sighting on the StopBMSB website if you find one.
One final thought in case you’re curious about what brown marmorated stink bugs smell like: they kind of smell like cilantro, so I guess they stink if you aren’t a fan of cilantro.