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Continued: Alarmed by new invader, Minn. ready to strike back at stink bug

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 9, 2014 - 11:20 PM

The university, with help from the U.S. Forest Service, will work to identify other insects that could control the bug. A leading candidate, Abrahamson said, is a stingless wasp that acts as a parasite, injecting its eggs into those of the stink bug. When the wasps’ larvae emerge, they consume the stink bugs’ eggs.

There are several key questions the research needs to answer. They include figuring out if such a wasp could survive the Minnesota winter, and making sure that such a wasp doesn’t pose harm to other species or the environment. That meticulous effort could take several years, Abrahamson said.

 

Jim Anderson • 651-925-5039 Twitter: @StribJAnderson

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