Subject: Eggs on back of apple leaf
Geographic location of the bug: Provo, Utah
Time: 03:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Two areas on the back of this apple leaf. I don’t recognize either. First is the cluster of eggs or small bugs in orange and black and the second is the white lattice structure.
How you want your letter signed: Ken Loveland
Your image depicts the hatched eggs and the newly hatched nymphs of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a recently introduced, highly invasive species that has spread across North America in just a few years. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison. According to BugGuide: “in the US, reported to damage apples, pears, peaches, cherries, corn, tomatoes, peppers, soybean, ornamentals…”
Wow. That’s horrible news. Thanks so much for the information and for your service.