Couplet 14

10/25/2010 4:31:07 AM

10
14a.
Shield-shaped, metallic-brown insects 1/2 inch long with pointed shoulders.

Insect may be:

14b.
Not as described.


RICE STINK BUG









Photo by: Johnny Saichuk


RICE STINK BUG
adults are shield-shaped, metallic-brown insects (½ inch long). Adults overwinter in grass clumps and ground cover until they are attracted to rice during the bloom stage. Females lay eggs on the leaves, stems and panicles of rice plants. In less than 2 weeks, immature stink bugs (nymphs) emerge from eggs. Nymphs develop through five instars in about one month. With each successive molt, nymphs increase in size and the color of later instars becomes tan-green. Adults live about one month.

Facts:
  • Nymphs and adults feed on rice florets and suck sap from developing rice grains.
  • Feeding during the flowering and milk stages causes empty grains and reduces yield.
  • Feeding during the soft-dough stage introduces pathogens into the grain causing discolored and pecky rice grains.

What you should look for:

  • Scout using a 15 inch sweep net for adult RSB

How you can manage the rice stink bug:

  • Insecticidal control based on the results of field scouting is recommended when rice stink bugs exceed the treatment threshold.
  • Please consult your local extension service for the current threshold.




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For more information, please see the Rice section of the Insect Pest Management Guide on the LSU AgCenter's Management Guides webpage.

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