Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter

Non-forest pests to watch for

The two newest insect pests discovered in Minnesota are not forest pests, but are likely to be found infesting fruit or invading your home.

The brown marmorated (or marbled) stink bug belongs to the insect family known as "true bugs." It has been found only in low numbers invading homes in several Minnesota counties, but is becoming a serious agricultural pest in many eastern states. For detailed information on the brown marorated stink bug.

photo of brown marmorated stink bug

The spotted wing drosophila is a fruit fly resembling the common fruit flies we see around overripe bananas and other decaying fruit, but this Asian species attacks healthy, intact fruit such as raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, to mention only a few. Spotted wing drosophila has only been found in Hennepin and Ramsey counties to date. For a full report from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on the spotted wing drosophila.

photo of spotted wind drosophila