Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Cost of Invasive Species

Invasive non-native species cause harm to  native ecosystems. For example, the brown marmorated stink bug, introduced accidentally from Asia, has moved along the east coast of the United States. With no natural predators, the insects are able to multiply and feed on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, damaging the farmer's crops and raising food prices for all of us. Read more about how much money is spent in our country controlling or managing invasive species in the US Fish & Wildlife Service blog.
Halyomorpha halys,  brown marmorated stink bug
photo by Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS,