Gardeners' Friend Causes a Stink

By Janet Raloff, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

Certain insects offer gardeners and commercial growers a green alternative to synthetic pesticides. High on the list of these beneficial agents are black-spotted bugs, known alternately as ladybugs, ladybirds, and lady beetles. Whatever they're called, the insects' appetite for aphids makes them a gardener's friend.

Among vintners, however, an Asian member of the ladybug family now rapidly spreading throughout the United States has acquired quite a different reputation: They're stink bugs.

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