Kudzu Bug Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius, 1798)Non-native  -  Invasive    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Hemiptera   >   Family Plataspididae   >   Genus Megacopta   

Status:

Only representative of this Old World family in North America. Apparently rapidly expanding in the Eastern U.S.

Where to find:

Check any Kudzu stand.

Relationships:

Prefers Kudzu, but apparently a potential pest of soybeans and other legumes.

There are 61 records in the project database.

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Kudzu Bug in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/26/2021). Confirmed by Ken Wolgemuth at BugGuide.net. Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

An adult Kudzu Bug in Talbot Co., Maryland (10/12/2013). Photo by Bill Johnson. (MBP list)

An adult Kudzu Bug in Montgomery Co., Maryland (1/13/2013). Photo by Bill Johnson. (MBP list)

Kudzu Bugs on Kudzu at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (10/14/2013). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug on Kudzu at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (10/14/2013). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

Kudzu Bug in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/8/2021). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/16/2018). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/24/2017). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug wing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/13/2013). Photo by Bill Johnson. (MBP list)

Kudzu Bug in Caroline Co., Maryland (10/20/2021). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug nymph in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug on Kudzu leaf in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/28/2017). Photo by Matthew Beziat. (MBP list)

An immature Kudzu Bug in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/14/2013). Photo by Bill Johnson. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/20/2016). Verified by Brandon Woo/BugGuide. Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

An immature Kudzu Bug in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/13/2013). Photo by Bill Johnson. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug in Howard Co., Maryland (12/28/2021). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/27/2017). Verified by Kyhl Austin/BugGuide. Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

Kudzu Bug Nymphs in Caroline Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Kudzu Bug in Harford Co., Maryland (6/20/2017). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

Kudzu Bug eggs in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/14/2013). Photo by Bill Johnson. (MBP list)


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