Kudzu Bugs

Category: Miscellaneous

Scientific Name: Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius)



Color: Body is olive green to tan, with dark brown specks

Size: Body of adults is about 3.5 to 6 mm in length

Region: Found throughout the US and Japa

Important Considerations:

  • The Kudzu Bug gets its name from the food it eats, which is kudzu Ohwi

  • This bug is an agricultural pest that attacks legumes, such as soybeans and greenbeans

  • Females lay eggs in groups of 26 to 274 on the underside of kudzu leaves

  • The females also deposit small capsules on the underside of their eggs which contains specific symbiotic bacteria that the nymphs need to ingest to help with food digestion

  • Time from egg to adult ranges from 24 to 56 days

  • Adult lifespans are about 23 to 77 days


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You will find Kudzu Bugs mainly on the outside of your property, although they do occasionally come inside. Since it is so small, it can easily hide in the cracks and crevices around your home. Around mid-summer, kudzu bugs move to attacking soybean plants, where they cause considerable crop damage. Kudzu bugs leave plants in the fall, and normally begin gathering on structures in mid-October and continue to early December.