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Smelly invasive stink bug found in Indiana for first time

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Indiana wildlife officials say a smelly, fruit-munching insect that originated in Asia has been found in the state for the first time.

State entomologist Phil Marshall said an insect found in northern Indiana's Elkhart County has been confirmed by a Purdue University laboratory as a brown marmorated stink bug.

The discovery is the first record of that insect in Indiana. But the invasive insect with a marbled, streaked appearance has been found in adjacent Ohio and Kentucky.

The stink bug gets its name because it releases a pungent chemical as a defensive mechanism when threatened. Officials warn that the insect could become a serious crop pest.

It feeds on most fruit crops, some vegetables, corn, soybeans and various ornamental plants. The bug is a native of Japan, Korea and China and was first reported in the United States in Pennsylvania in 1998.



Posted 10/21/2010