A large adult stink bug was detected in the North of England just before Christmas 2021. The insect was associated with a consignment of wood from China. It was identified by the University of Durham as the yellow spotted stink bug (Erthesina fullo).
The species is native to Asia and feeds on more than 57 different plant species, including several economically important fruit crops grown in the UK, such as apple, cherry, peach, and pear. The bugs suck out the plant juices with their needle-like mouthparts but are harmless to humans.
The potential risk posed by this invasive bug to plant health in England and Wales is being assessed by Defra and will be added the UK Plant Health Risk Register.