Ugh. Eastern Vineyards Confront New Pest
on 10/09/10 at 4:59 pmWine
First it was the multi-colored Asian lady beetle (MALB) invading Eastern vineyards and imparting a nasty flavor to the wines. Now it’s a stink bug from China. The East has always had several kinds of native stink bugs that have co-existed with orchards and vineyards without causing any major problems, mostly because these half-inch long, shield-shaped insects did not seem to feed on fruit.
In 1996, however, an invasive species, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), was first found in Allentown, Pa. (“Marmorated” refers to its marbled or speckled shell.)