The brown-marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) has been spotted in Limburg, the Netherlands, for the first time ever this year. This stink bug is originally from Asia, but is now also established in North America and Europe. Because the brown-marmorated stink bug can cause considerable damage in fruit product, everyone should pay a lot of attention. “Are you a fruit grower and think you’ve seen it in your orchard? Take a picture and send it to us,” the WUR says.
Cherries with suction damage caused by stink bugs. Photo: Time Haye
Is the brown-marmorated stink bug in the Netherlands?
The brown-marmorated stink bug has now been spotted in a number of European countries, including Switzerland, France and Austria. Until the fall of 2018, this type of stink bug was only seen in Limburg in the Netherlands. In the spring of 2019, the first individual stink bugs were spotted in Utrecht and Amsterdam. It’s therefore expected that it’s only a matter of time before it can be spotted throughout the Netherlands.