Kudzu bugs found in Montgomery and Dorchester Counties

Kudzu bugs have now been reported from two more Maryland counties. Adults and nymphs have been documented on kudzu vines growing near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Montgomery County. This continues the pattern of spread for the insect in kudzu vines among counties west of the Chesapeake Bay. Two adult kudzu bugs have also been collected from a soybean field in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore. This is the first record of the insect on the Maryland portion of the Delmarva Peninsula, although it has already been found in the Delaware and Virginia portions. This is also the first record of the insect collected from soybean plants in Maryland. Searches for this insect will continue throughout the state to determine the extent to which kudzu bugs infest soybeans.