Southern Green Stink Bug - Nezara viridula (L.)
Southern green stink bug may occasionally attack rice in Louisiana. Usually it is first noticed as dead or dying leaves on isolated plants or groups of plants.
The damage caused by southern green stink bugs feeding on rice may be confined to an area as small as 3 feet in diameter to several acres in size.
Damaged areas are usually localized in a field rather than uniform throughout. Stunted plants, killed growing points and dead leaves are all signs of stink bug injury.
The numbers of this insect in rice field are usually below levels justifying treatment, but they may increase rapidly under favorable conditions and yield losses can occur.
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