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US: Research improves understanding of wasp that parasitizes stink bug eggs

Entomologists with North Carolina State University are studying the life cycle of a tiny beneficial wasp that parasitizes stinkbug eggs, reports Southern SARE. Their findings increase the potential for biological control of stinkbugs, reducing the need for insecticides. Telemonus podisi is an important native beneficial insect because it attacks several species of stinkbugs, including the brown stinkbug, the green stinkbug, the southern green stinkbug, and the rice stinkbug. Sriyanka Lahiri, a NCSU graduate student, received a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Graduate Student Grant to study the overwintering and nutrition requirements of Telenomus podisi.

More information on the study results is available online.

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