Detector Canines Uncover New Information on Natural Overwintering Sites of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Recently, PLOS One conducted a study on the overwintering of the Halyomorpha halys, an invasive species of stink bug from Asia. The Halyomorpha halys, commonly known as the brown marmorated stink bug, has caused major economic losses in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The Halyomorpha halys is known for overwintering, or waiting through the winter season, in human-made protected environments, however prior to this study, there was almost no information on their overwintering patterns in natural habitats.
The team at PLOS One gathered a team of human surveyors and detector canines in mid-Atlantic forested regions to locate and characterize natural overwintering structures used by the Halyomorpha halys. Their research shows that Halyomorpha halys could be found in dry crevices of dead, standing trees with thick bark, especially the oak and locust tree. To learn more about the findings of this study, read the entire article here.