Thread: Kudzu Bug Alert
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Old June 26, 2019   #6
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Originally Posted by Goodloe View Post
Have never seen them here...did they get imported from somewhere else? It'd be great if they could be trained to feed only on kudzu, tho....
They came from Japan, arriving how other junk arrives here in imported whatevers. They showed up in NE Georgia in 2009 and for the next couple of years they expanded their range. They were destroying a lot of soybean crops. Kudzu is in the same family and sub family as soybeans but they belong to different genera. I was thinking that the ag folks finally figured out how to deal with them as a reason they've been declining. Tonight I was doing more research on the topic and found that a parasitic wasp and a fungus get the credit!

Probably the best link I've read of the history of kudzu in the South:
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