Don't let its common name fool you: The "kudzu bug" isn't to be trusted. Sure, it will feed voraciously on the stems of kudzu, the "Vine That Ate the South." But Megacopta cribraria also has a taste for legumes, including soybeans. And in Georgia, where this native of Asia was first discovered in October 2009, there's worry the pest will infest peanuts, endangering the state's $2-billion legume crop.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators haven't been idle, however.