Exotic Pest Alert: Brown marmorated stink bug


Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is an exotic plant pest. This insect pest is a serious threat to Australia's horticultural industries. If found it must be reported promptly to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a typical stink bug with a shield shaped body. Stink bugs emit a pungent odour when disturbed.

There are a number of Australian native stink bugs which are similar to BMSB. However, the distinct features of adult BMSB are the white bands on the antennae, sides of the abdomen and on the legs.

Topics include:

  • Damage
  • Description
  • Lifecycle
  • Host range
  • Spread
  • Distribution
  • Actions to minimise risks
  • Reporting


Primefact 1376 First Edition

Published: 01 Dec 2014