Photo: Kudzu bugs on raspberry plants at the Piedmont Research Station, Salisbury, NC
"My Monday morning began with two phone calls about the same thing: kudzu bugs on caneberries. Both calls came from western North Carolina, but kudzu bugs are widespread throughout the southeast. See here for a map of kudzu bug distribution from the Megacoptera Working Group. Kudzu bugs (Megacoptera criberia) are yet another invasive species from eastern Asia that has been detected in the southeastern US in recent years. Kudzu bugs appear to specialize on legumes, including cultivated beans and kudzu, and can cause cause economic damage to soybeans. My NC State Entomology colleague, Dominic Reisig, has published extensive information on kudzu bug at his blog. Interestingly, both caneberry sites that prompted my morning calls were also near soybeans."