Monday, August 8, 2011
Stink bug nut drop
In the photo, you will notice that the cut surface of the shuck has turned black. This occurs when shuck cells are exposed to the air and is not a sign of stink bug feeding. However, the darken areas inside the shell are the result of insect attack.
This year the weather has been so dry that even stink bug populations seem suppressed. It may be that a total lack of succulent plant growth earlier in the season has made it difficult for stink bugs to grow, reproduce, and build their population numbers. We'll be watching our drop cages for signs of increased stink bug activity.