Q: What happened to all the stinkbugs? Perhaps the locusts who came out after 17 years ate them? I don’t miss them but I’m curious where they all went?
Dorothy Henry, Roanoke County
A: Dorothy isn’t the only one who called or emailed with this question , and it occurs to me that we haven’t seen too many of those creepy critters on our ceilings and curtains this year either.
The locust theory is an interesting one, but I found a cool website called “What Do Animals Eat?” and it seems that we can eliminate locusts as predators. Cicadas (sometimes called locusts) survive on the fluids of a tree by sucking sap from the trunks of the trees where they wait before emerging after a long interval, which can vary depending on the species. The ones we had this year are 17-year cicadas, also referred to as Brood II.
As for stinkbugs, read more…
And thanks to local farmer Constance Wright for this photo of stinkbug damage to her beautiful green peppers, sold locally at the Grandin Famers Market among other places: