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Entomologists look at stink bug sighting

December 30, 2011
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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt.—A stink bug sighting is causing some concern among farmers and entomologists in a Vermont town.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was spotted on Dec. 19 in a Bellows Falls apartment.

This species of stink bug has been prolific in at least 33 states, but not in Vermont. The bug can harm crops during the growing season.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/sisBMG) entomologists hope it's an isolated case and they're trying to find out if the woman who lives in the apartment recently traveled out of state.

Vermont is home to several other species of stink bugs. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has a geometric pattern on its lower abdomen and two white bands on its antennae.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/

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