Thursday, 18 July 2019

Stink bugs by roadside

AN invasive insect species which poses a danger to crops has been spotted in Shiplake.

Elaine Fowler found a brown marmorated stink bug on foliage along Mill Road.

The creatures have a flat, shield-shaped body with a mottled light and dark green pattern and crimped stripes around the edge. They are so called because they emit a herb-like odour that repels predators.

Infestations have devastated farms in their native Asia. Sightings should be reported to planthealth
portal.defra.gov.uk

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