If You see this While Picking Berries, Destroy Them ASAP

Stink bug eggs on a black berry

All across the country people go out into the woods and pick wild berries. Personally, I pick wild raspberries, blackberries, and elderberries. But there is something you need to watch out for.

Close up of eggs on a Raspberry

These little bumps are stink bug eggs, and more specifically they are the eggs of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys).

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs on Blackberries

While eating the eggs probably won’t hurt you, the issue is that the brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive species originating in Asia. The bugs hitched a ride to the U.S. in 1998. they were first discovered in Pennsylvania. The bugs quickly made their way to Florida and headed west until they reached California. Wherever they feed, stink bugs devastate agricultural crops, including berries.

Stink Bug eggs on a Blueberry

In Asia, they are controlled by wasps that lay their eggs on them and the larva eats them, but those wasps are not native here. So the stink bugs have no predators so they reproduce like crazy. So anytime you can get rid of there eggs it helps. So do not just throw them away do your best to destroy the eggs so they do not hatch.