The kudzu bug was detected last week in 2 soybean fields in Cherokee county, which borders on Georgia where the pest was first detected in the Athens/Atlanta area in 2009.

The pest has spread rapidly since it was first detected and now has been found in 7 Southeast states.

The kudzu bug had been found previously on kudzu in 25 Alabama counties, but this is the first report on soybeans.

Economic yield losses in soybeans due to kudzu bug feeding have been reported in Georgia. (The following information was taken from the 2012 Georgia Soybean Production Guide). 

Adult kudzu bugs are oval shaped,  about ¼ inch in diameter, and greenish brown in color. Eggs are laid in double-rowed batches of 35-50 eggs and are white in color.

Nymphs are also oval shaped and are light green to brown in color and have numerous setae/hairs. Both adults and nymphs are most commonly seen on plant stems using their sucking mouthparts to feed on plant sap.