Laura Jesse
Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

515-294-0581
ljesse@iastate.edu

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The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic can help Iowans identify the mushrooms growing in their backyards and elsewhere, but cannot say whether they’re safe to eat. Multiple factors may contribute to wild fungi being potentially poisonous, most of which are beyond the control of the experts who identify the specimens brought into the clinic.

Entomologists at Iowa State University have confirmed that Scott County has the first breeding infestations of brown marmorated stink bugs reported in Iowa.

The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic confirmed today that the spotted wing drosophila (SWD), an invasive pest that can cause damage to many fruit crops, has been found in Story County, Iowa. 

Great numbers of fuzzy brown moths made an appearance in Iowa this week, with many specimens and photos submitted to the insect diagnostic clinic. Affectionately referred to as FBMs by entomologists, they are a nuisance, but they will not cause damage to plants.

The Iowa State University Extension Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (ISU-PIDC) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed that a single dead specimen of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, was recently collected in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and submitted to ISU PIDC for diagnosis.