New Invasive Species in Georgia: Bean Plataspid or Lablab Bug

Weird bug in Atlanta
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
January 15, 2011 2:09 pm
This picture shows a bug that is inside my home. This bug congregates with dozens of others like him on two windows. These two windows get a good amount of sunlight, so it’s a warm sunny spot. I also have spider plants hanging in these windows, and they are all over the plants, too. The bug has a squarish shape, is hard, dark and flies. I keep vacuuming them up, but more appear! They seem to be endless.
Signature: Lauren

Bean Plataspid or Lablab Bug

Hi Lauren,
We were not at all familiar with this True Bug, but we thought it resembled a Stink Bug so we began to search BugGuide.  We quickly identified your Bean Plataspid,
Megacopta cribraria, which is also commonly called a Globular Stink Bug as well as the very unusual name Lablab Bug according to BugGuide.  BugGuide also indicates it was:  “Recently found in ne. GA; native to India and China, known also from many parts of e. & se. Asia to Australia and New Caledonia” and that “Found in the US on kudzu; known hosts include legume crops, especially soybean.”  Furthermore, BugGuide remarks:  “in Oct. 2009 was invading homes in large numbers in GA.”  Thank you for submitting your question so that we are able to inform our readership of this new Invasive Exotic species.

Lablab Bugs

Wow, that was fast.  And… ew!  Thanks!

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