Asian invader stink bug found in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture says it’s confirmed the presence of an invasive and destructive insect pest, the brown marmorated stink bug.
    
The department said Tuesday that it identified one specimen in Berrien County and another in Eaton County.  It says Michigan State University students found the bugs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed their identity.
    
The state says brown stink bugs are “a serious pest of a variety of fruits, vegetables, field crops, and ornamental plants.” They’re native to eastern Asia.  The state agency says the bugs are a threat to apples, peaches and mulberries.
    
The department of AG will work with Michigan State University to prevent spread of the bugs and protect the state’s $71.3 billion agriculture and food industry.