The insects are known to enjoy munching on cucumbers, raspberries, beans and several types of ornamental plants and trees. According to a report on KATU, preferred hosts include gold chain tree, Oregon ash, holly, Oregon grape, butterfly bush, catalpa and the empress tree. The pest initially was considered a mere nuisance, but high levels of economic damage on the East Coast have elevated the level of concern.
Those who spot the bug, particularly in a grower environment, are encouraged to first confirm it using this guide, as it is often confused with similar species. Once it is confirmed, you may report it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach a digital photo if possible. For more information, click here.