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Monitoring Nutrient Status of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Adults and Nymphs on Summer Holly

OSU Extension Plant Pathology Laboratory, Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 2121 S. 1st Street, Hermiston, OR 97838, USA
OSU Department of Horticulture, 4109 Agriculture & Life Science Building, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
USDA ARS Horticultural Crop Research Unit, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA
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Insects 2018, 9(3), 120;
Received: 13 August 2018 / Revised: 10 September 2018 / Accepted: 14 September 2018 / Published: 17 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Insect Monitoring and Trapping in Agricultural Systems)
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Halyomorpha halys (Stål), or brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), has become a major pest and nuisance for both agricultural growers and homeowners since its arrival in North America and Europe. The nutritional ecology of BMSB is important for understanding its life history and rearing requirements. However, little is known about the nutritional status of wild populations, especially in the U.S. This research monitored the nutrient status of nymphal and adult BMSB collected from English holly in western Oregon. We measured their weight, nutrient index (weight/(prothorax × width)3), lipid, glycogen and sugar levels and egg load from May–September/October. First, glycogen and sugar levels of adults were often lowest sometime in June-August with a general increase by September. Meanwhile, their lipid levels varied without a discernible trend. Second, adult females had few eggs in May, with the highest egg load in June and July, and no eggs by September. Lastly, first and second nymphal instars were found in June, and fourth and fifth instars in September. Because nothing is known about the nutrient levels of nymphs, the reported values from this survey can assist future research on physiological responses of BMSB to treatments or environmental impacts in the field. View Full-Text
Keywords: Halyomorpha halys; nutritional ecology; nymphal development; lipid; glycogen; sugar Halyomorpha halys; nutritional ecology; nymphal development; lipid; glycogen; sugar

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Skillman, V.P.; Wiman, N.G.; Lee, J.C. Monitoring Nutrient Status of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Adults and Nymphs on Summer Holly. Insects 2018, 9, 120.

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