Blueberry Season: Stink Bug Eggs

Mary’s been picking blueberries and freezing them for winter treats, a process that involves inspecting each berry laid out on the tray.

This one failed QC:

Blueberry with eggs - overview
Blueberry with eggs – overview

A closer look shows some remarkable structures:

Blueberry with eggs - detail
Blueberry with eggs – detail

Unfortunately, they’ll probably turn into Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs. This is not a Good Thing, because those stink bugs will devastate fruit harvests, including all the apple orchards along the entire Hudson Valley, over the next few years.

They may be Predatory Stink Bugs, which would be unusual in Dutchess County, but not nearly so awful.