EXTENSION CONNECTION: Kudzu bugs attack kudzu — and plenty of Florida plants

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 06:00 PM.

Florida is extending a warm welcome to a new pest!

Kudzu bugs — 3.5 to 6 millimeters long, rounded oblong and olive-green — lay egg masses in two rows of 13 to 137 eggs per row.

Their first generation seems to prefer feeding on kudzu, but subsequent generations will feed on and lay eggs on other legumes.

When fall comes, adults over-winter where they can find shelter. They crawl under tree bark and into houses' cracks.


The kudzu bug — first documented in the U.S. in 2009 in Northeast Georgia — has quickly spread throughout the Southeast.

Last year, the kudzu bug made its first appearance in Okaloosa County.

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