The Stinky Truth about Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

Published on: 14:30PM Jul 03, 2012

It’s that time of year again, the time when foliar insects start turning up in soybean fields to turn your plants into their dinner. You may have already begun to see some of its effects, but the brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB) is likely to be become one of the unwelcomed dinner guests making an appearance in your fields this season.

BMSB adult

Last summer, the BMSB began its invasion of the Southeast, and this year the pesky insect has begun threatening soybeans as far north as Wisconsin. With no natural predators to keep populations in check, it’s likely the BMSB could turn up in your fields. When you are scouting for the BMSB, you will notice the adult insect is about one-half inches long, shield-shaped and "marbled" brown in color. You can distinguish it from other pests by its alternating black and white color pattern on the margins of the abdomen, and its dark-colored antennae marked with light-colored bands.


To prevent and stop damage from the BMSB’s insatiable appetite, scout early and act decisively. While you may not always see the insect, be on the lookout for small necrotic spots on leaf surfaces that can often result from feeding damage. The BMSB will cause wart-like growths and deformation or shriveling of the pods. Give your fields the best protection from the BMSB by selecting an insecticide like Endigo® ZC insecticide that provides three industry-leading technologies that work together to provide fast knockdown and longer residual control, delivering higher potential yield and profit.


This season, don’t let time or location limit your access to valuable information that can make a real difference in your success. The Syngenta Pest Patrol hotline connects you with expert advice and timely insect pest management recommendations from local agronomists. Simply call (877) 285-8525 to hear the latest update or visit


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Photo Source: David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ,