Georgia’s soybean growers have a new nuisance to deal with: the so-called “kudzu bug.” The insects seem to control the growth of the invasive kudzu plant, but they also like soybeans, a $76 million crop last year in Georgia. The “kudzu bugs” invade fields by the thousands and feed directly on the plants’ stems.
Zoo Atlanta officials say Kudzoo, daughter of famed western lowland gorilla Willie B., is expecting her second infant in the spring. Zoo officials estimate she is about two and a half months into her pregnancy, which typically lasts about eight months in gorillas.
An invasive species of stink bug has reached 80 Georgia counties, and experts say they’re spreading fast. Researchers at the University of Georgia say lablab bugs it came here about a year ago from Asia, but no one knows exactly how it arrived. Entomologists describe the bugs as pea-sized, brown in color with a wide posterior.