|Subject||Brown Marmorated Stink Bug|
The brown marmorated stink bug has an odor, and is reported to have a negative effect on wine quality when even a few insects are present in fruit sent to the press. Unfortunately, this pest is an effective hitchhiker and is easily transported in packing materials and stored household goods. Its appearance is very similar to a number of California stink bugs - including the Brochymena. It has a huge host range and tends to be migratory, moving from host to host. This means that even if growers add controls to their vineyards, a new group may move in weeks later.
One colony of the insects has been found in a storage unit in Vacaville and was destroyed by CDFA.
Video link to a one-hour talk by Dr. Tracy Leskey, Research Entomologist USDA-ARS, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, at UC Davis on December 8, 2010: "Sudden Emergence of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys Stål, as a Severe Agricultural Pest in the mid-Atlantic."
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has some good pest alerts:
Hoenisch, R. 2011. Code Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) (pdf). FPS Grape Program Newsletter, Foundation Plant Services, University of California, Davis, California. Pp 34-35.