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Here is a little bug to be on the look out for; the bean plataspid (a.k.a. the Kudzu bug). It is a bug found in the Old World and first reported in 10/09 in a few counties in NE Georgia. After two years it has spread to Alabama, N. Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and S. Virginia. It is a pest of legumes and some other crop plants. It also congregates around structures. It is a fairly small bug about 3.5-6 mm and looks something like a ladybug or stinkbug. It can also form three generations per year and stinks when disturbed. Here is a link to more information. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/field/bugs/bean_plataspid.htm and this one http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/pest-alerts/megacopta-cribraria.html While it is not in our area now it probably won't be too long before they start showing up. The photo is an adult bean plataspid.
Photograph courtesy of Joseph Eger, Dow AgroSciences
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