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U-Md. Seeks Stink Bug Donations for Eradication Research

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A University of Maryland scientist wants your stink bugs.

Entomologist Galen Dively said Friday he needs the insects for an eradication study. The reason is ironic: His research colony of 13,000 bugs died.

Dively says he thinks a virus infected the bugs. But that doesn't mean he's found a way to control them. He says virus-based insecticides aren't very effective because they tend to break down quickly in sunlight.

Dively is looking for live collections of at least 50 bugs. He'll even pick them up if you contact him at galen@umd.edu or 202-812-9828. He says they should be kept in a ventilated container with a slice of apple.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are Asian invaders that began devouring U.S. crops in the late 1990s.

 

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