Samurai Wasps Say ‘Smell Ya Later, Stink Bugs’ | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on August 21, 2020

can anything stop this stinkbug Oh what it doesn't look so bad think again the brown marmorated stink bug is a fearsome invader a relentless force wreaking havoc on fields and orchards across the country these stink

Bugs are originally from Asia but probably made it to the US as stowaways in shipping containers a few decades ago marmorated by the way means marbled see that pattern on their backs they have a

Huge appetite eating just about any kind of fruit or vegetable out there they use this a long proboscis to pierce the skin it makes a tiny hole dainty eater you might think nope underneath it's squirting in chemicals to dissolve the

Fruit then it sips up the juices like a smoothie the fruit looks okay on the outside but now it's ruined rotting on the inside stink bugs can even pierce the hard shell of a hazelnut just squish them you think yeah you don't want to do

That they genuinely stink when disturbed they can release an olfactory bomb from small glands the smell well some people say it's like dirty socks or rotting cilantro these stink bugs have spread to 44 states now

And oh yeah in the winter they might just show up in your house where it's warm what could possibly stand up to them hello samurai wasp this tiny wasp also from

Asia is an old enemy of stick bugs it unleashes a stealth attack a female wasp finds a mass of stink bug eggs then one by one she lays one of her own inside them the parasitic wasp larva grows secretly inside feasting on a tasty egg

Breakfast until the developing stink bug is no more then the grown-up wasps chew their way out nibbling the edges away like fingernail clippings in their native range in Asia 60 to 90 percent of stink bug eggs are parasitized this way

Keeping them in check so researchers in the u.s. want to recruit the wasps as long as they don't become a pest – the wasps have already been found in Oregon so scientists at Oregon State University are studying them as a kind of

Biological control after all using wasps is targeted since they primarily go after brown marmorated stink bugs maybe someday they could release the wasps in places where there are lots of stink bugs today farmers use pesticides

But that can kill lots of other helpful organisms researchers know that sometimes your enemy's enemy is your friend so soon the samurai wasp could be doing its part to beat back the stink bug onslaught one

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