Turkish Journal of Zoology




During the 2017 season we investigated the occurrence and biology of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, a new invasive insect pest in two commercial hazelnut orchards located in the Samegrelo Region, Republic of Georgia. The first stink bug adults from the overwintering generation appeared on sticky traps at the end of May, while all instar nymphs and adults were observed at the end of July and through August. The peak occurrence of adults and nymphs in the field was observed at 896?1061 DD$_{13.9}$. The wooded areas around orchards supported the development of two BMSB generations. The forested areas and wild vegetation provided the source of continuous influx of the pest into the orchards, while the BMSB influx from a neighboring meadow and abandoned buildings was less important.

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