Meet the kudzu bug

The latest invasive species to trouble North Carolina is something called the kudzu bug. The Raleigh News & Observer describes the issues with the insect’s rapid spread:

Which might be fine if the ladybug-sized critters didn’t exude a stinking, caustic substance that can raise welts on humans. And if they lunched solely on their seemingly uncontrollable namesake vine.

But the bugs – which sport what researchers call “piercing-sucking mouthparts” – have developed a palate for a major crop that for mysterious reasons it didn’t like in its native Japan: soybeans.

Michael Lowrey

Michael Lowrey is a contributor to Carolina Journal and a policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation. Lowrey has written numerous articles for the foundation on topics su...

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