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Harmful Asian stink bug found in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- An Asian insect pest has found its way to Iowa.

State officials say a dead brown marmorated stink bug was found in Cedar Rapids. It was confirmed by the Iowa State University Extension Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.

So far, only one bug has been found. Officials want to find out whether there are more in Cedar Rapids or whether they've established a breeding population anywhere in Iowa.

Iowa State insect expert Laura Jesse says the stink bugs are considered destructive pests in their native habitat in China and Japan. The bugs damage fruit, vegetable and grain crops, shade trees and ornamental plants.

In North America, they were first detected in 2001 in Pennsylvania.

They're about five-eighths of an inch long, are mottled brownish-gray and have shield-shaped bodies.

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