KVH says the YSSB is similar to the BMSB in that it is a hitchhiker pest that could have serious impacts on the country’s fruit and vegetable industries, ruin gardens and infest homes.
These bugs are around 18-23mm long (about the size of a 10-cent coin) or larger, and they are bigger than shield bugs currently found in New Zealand. The body is blackish brown and covered entirely with many small yellow spots.
A YSSB fact sheet can be found on the KVH website, and growers and the wider community are asked to be on the lookout.
Those who find anything unusual are requested to catch it, take a photo, and report it to the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.
Source: Kiwifruit Vine Health