Community Composition, Abundance, and Phenology of Stink Bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in Soybean in the North Central Region of the United States

Daniela T. Pezzini, Christina D. Difonzo, Deborah L. Finke, Thomas E. Hunt, Janet J. Knodel, Christian H. Krupke, Brian McCornack, Andrew P. Michel, Christopher R. Philips, Adam J. Varenhorst, Robert J. Wright, Robert L. Koch

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Stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) are an increasing threat to soybean (Fabales: Fabaceae) production in the North Central Region of the United States, which accounts for 80% of the country's total soybean production. Characterization of the stink bug community is essential for development of management programs for these pests. However, the composition of the stink bug community in the region is not well defined. This study aimed to address this gap with a 2-yr, 9-state survey. Specifically, we characterized the relative abundance, richness, and diversity of taxa in this community, and assessed phenological differences in abundance of herbivorous and predatory stink bugs. Overall, the stink bug community was dominated by Euschistus spp. (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) and Chinavia hilaris (Say) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Euschistus variolarius (Palisot de Beauvois) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), C. hilaris and Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) were more abundant in the northwestern, southeastern and eastern parts, respectively, of the North Central Region of the United States. Economically significant infestations of herbivorous species occurred in fields in southern parts of the region. Species richness differed across states, while diversity was the same across the region. Herbivorous and predatory species were more abundant during later soybean growth stages. Our results represent the first regional characterization of the stink bug community in soybean fields and will be fundamental for the development of state- and region-specific management programs for these pests in the North Central Region of the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1722-1731
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of economic entomology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 3 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to the numerous field and farm staff that maintained fields from which samples were collected; James Menger, Kylie Rich, Pheylan Anderson and Traci Eicholz (University of Minnesota), Lucinda Wallace and Priyanka Mittapelly (The Ohio State University), Nicole Luhr and Terry DeVries (University of Nebraska), Patrick Beauzay and Alexander Knudson (North Dakota State University), Taylor Nelson and Larry Bledsoe (Purdue University), Joe Gunn and Tanner Leslie (University of Missouri), and Stephen Losey (Kansas State University) for collecting and processing samples; and Dan Cariveau and Emily Snell-Rood for reviewing earlier versions of this manuscript. This research was funded by the Hueg-Harrison Fellowship awarded to D.T.P. and the North Central Soybean Research Program.

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  • Chinavia hilaris
  • Euschistus variolarius
  • Halyomorpha halys
  • relative abundance
  • species composition

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