Season-long monitoring of the brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) throughout the United States using commercially available traps and lures

Angelita L. Acebes-Doria, Arthur M. Agnello, Diane G. Alston, Heather Andrews, Elizabeth H. Beers, J. Christopher Bergh, Ric Bessin, Brett R. Blaauw, G. David Buntin, Eric C. Burkness, Shi Chen, Ted E. Cottrell, Kent M. Daane, Lauren E. Fann, Shelby J. Fleischer, Christelle Guédot, Larry J. Gut, George C. Hamilton, Richard Hilton, Kim A. HoelmerWilliam D. Hutchison, Peter Jentsch, Greg Krawczyk, Thomas P. Kuhar, Jana C. Lee, Joshua M. Milnes, Anne L. Nielsen, Dilani K. Patel, Brent D. Short, Ashfaq A. Sial, Lori R. Spears, Kathy Tatman, Michael D. Toews, James D. Walgenbach, Celeste Welty, Nik G. Wiman, Janet Van Zoeren, Tracy C. Leskey

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Reliable monitoring of the invasive Halyomorpha halys abundance, phenology and geographic distribution is critical for its management. Halyomorpha halys adult and nymphal captures on clear sticky traps and in black pyramid traps were compared in 18 states across the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Pacific Northwest and Western regions of the United States. Traps were baited with commercial lures containing the H. halys pheromone and synergist, and deployed at field sites bordering agricultural or urban locations with H. halys host plants. Nymphal and adult captures in pyramid traps were greater than those on sticky traps, but captures were positively correlated between the two trap types within each region and during the early-, mid- and late season across all sites. Sites were further classified as having a low, moderate or high relative H. halys density and again showed positive correlations between captures for the two trap types for nymphs and adults. Among regions, the greatest adult captures were recorded in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic on pyramid and sticky traps, respectively, with lowest captures recorded in the West. Nymphal captures, while lower than adult captures, were greatest in the Southeast and lowest in the West. Nymphal and adult captures were, generally, greatest during July-August and September-October, respectively. Trapping data were compared with available phenological models showing comparable population peaks at most locations. Results demonstrated that sticky traps offer a simpler alternative to pyramid traps, but both can be reliable tools to monitor H. halys in different geographical locations with varying population densities throughout the season.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of economic entomology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 8 2020

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Funding Information:
We are tremendously grateful for the excellent technical assistance provided by the numerous technicians and student research assistants involved in this study. This research was supported by USDA-NIFA-SCRI 2016-51181-25409. Mention of trade names or commercial products in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing scientific information and does not constitute recommendation or endorsement by the United States Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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© 2019 The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America.


  • invasive species
  • pheromone trap
  • pyramid trap
  • sticky trap


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