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The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in Malta
- Tassini, C., Mifsud, D.
- Bulletin OEPP 2019 v.49 no.1 pp. 132-136
- Halyomorpha halys, agricultural products, feeding methods, insects, islands, Malta, Mediterranean region, Switzerland
- Halyomorpha halys, commonly known as the brown marmorated stink bug, has been recorded for the first time from the Maltese Islands. The record is currently based on the capture of a single specimen. Information is provided on the distribution range of this polyphagous species which was accidentally introduced into Europe (Switzerland) in 2007 and since then has invaded many European countries. Morphological details are also included to aid in the discrimination of this species from similar species occurring in the Mediterranean region. Notes are provided on the feeding strategies used by this insect and the type of damage incurred on agricultural commodities, which are often rendered unsaleable.