Skip to main content

Brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in Canada: recent establishment, occurrence, and pest status in southern Ontario

  • T.D. Gariepy (a1), H. Fraser (a2) and C.D. Scott-Dupree (a3)

Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), has been intercepted numerous times in Canada, and overwintering BMSB adults have been reported by homeowners. However, established breeding populations were not detected before 2012. Here we report the occurrence of established populations of BMSB in southern Ontario, Canada and describe habitats, host plants, and collection efforts from 2012 to 2013. Tracking the phenology and spread of this pest in Ontario is critical for the development of integrated pest management strategies to prevent severe economic damage due to this pest.

Corresponding author
1 Corresponding author (e-mail:
Hide All

Subject editor: David McCorquodale

Hide All
Bernon, G. 2004. Biology of Halyomorpha halys, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). In Final Report-United States Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology Project T3P01. United States Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, United States of America. Pp. 17.
Duthie, C. 2012. Risk analysis of Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug) on all pathways. Ministry for Primary Industries, Wellington, New Zealand. Pp. 57.
Fogain, R. and Graff, S. 2011. First records of the invasive pest, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in Ontario and Quebec. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario, 142: 4548.
Gariepy, T.D., Haye, T., Fraser, H., and Zhang, J. 2013. Occurrence, genetic diversity, and potential pathways of entry of Halyomorpha halys in newly-invaded areas of Canada and Switzerland. Journal of Pest Science, 87: 1728.
Hamilton, G.C. 2009. Brown marmorated stink bug. American Entomologist, 55: 19.
Hoebeke, E.R. and Carter, M.E. 2003. Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae): a polyphagous plant pest from Asia newly detected in North America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 105: 225237.
Nielsen, A.L. and Hamilton, G.C. 2009. Life history of the invasive species Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in northeastern United States. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 102: 608616.
Paiero, S.M., Marshall, S.A., McPherson, J.E., and Ma, M.S. 2013. Stink bugs (Pentatomidae) and parent bugs (Acanthosomatidae) of Ontario and adjacent areas: a key to species and a review of the fauna [online]. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification, 24. Available from [accessed 14 January 2014].
Walker, K. 2009. Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys). [online]. Available from [accessed 14 January 2014].
Wermelinger, B., Wyniger, D., and Forster, B. 2008. First records of an invasive bug in Europe: Halyomorpha halys Stal (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), a new pest on woody ornamentals and fruit trees? Mitteilungen-Schweizerische Entomologische Gesellschaft, 81: 18.
Zhu, G., Bu, W., Gao, Y., and Liu, G. 2012. Potential geographic distribution of brown marmorated stink bug invasion (Halyomorpha halys). PloS One, 7: e31246.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The Canadian Entomologist
  • ISSN: 0008-347X
  • EISSN: 1918-3240
  • URL: /core/journals/canadian-entomologist
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed