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Stink Bug Found In Duluth

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Brown marmorated stink bug adult. (credit: David R. Lance)

Brown marmorated stink bug adult. (credit: David R. Lance)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Stink bugs are moving north in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Friday confirmed the brown marmorated stink bug has been found in Duluth. It’s the first time the invasive pest has been found in St. Louis County.

A student at the University of Minnesota Duluth discovered the stink bug in the university’s insect collection. Entomologists at the university and the state agriculture department confirmed it was a stink bug. The bug originally was collected in January 2011 inside a Duluth home.

The stink bug is native to Asia and has rapidly spread across the U.S. since it was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2001.

The bug feeds on a variety of plants including fruit trees, vegetables and soybeans. When disturbed, the bug releases a foul-smelling odor.

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