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Occurrence of the Old World bug Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Georgia...
By Eger J.E., Ames L.M., Suiter D.R., Jenkins T.M., Rider D.A., Halbert S.E.
Insecta Mundi 0121: 1-11, 2010
Cite: 437656
Full title: Occurrence of the Old World bug Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Georgia: a serious home invader and potential legume pest

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The bright side...
On the bright side, they might keep the kudzu at bay. I wonder if there's a way to get them to stick to kudzu.

Coincidence?
Someone from Georgia posted one of these in ID request only yesterday.

 
No coincidence and likely more to come
Unfortunately I suspect we will be getting many more of these bugs soon. We have been sampling for them and they seem to have spread from about 9 counties last fall when we found them to about 46 counties and counting so far.

Also unfortunately the part of the story in that post concerning the bug being in the car is a common one. I suspect one way these get about is the bugs' behavior of being attracted to light colored - especially white - objects, including homes and cars. They will readily crawl into cars and ride to a new destination.

 
i happen to be in GA now but driving a dark-green piece of hardware, so i hope i'm not a part of the problem... yet...

 
no coincidence
Mike Thomas pointed to this paper in his related comment yesterday

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