Kudzu bug found in five Maryland counties

The kudzu bug is native to India and China, but was recently found in Maryland. Photo: Charles Lam

The latest in a string of invasive species to descend on the D.C. area has made its way into Maryland, the Washington Post reports.

At least five counties in Maryland - Prince George's, Anne Arundel and all three southern Maryland counties - have reported the presence of the kudzu bug, the Post says.

Agriculture officials in Maryland say that the kudzu can impact soybean growth in these areas as well as get into people's homes, the Post says.

Scientifically known as megacopta cribraria, the kudzu bug is native to south Asia, specifically India and China. According to a 2011 report in Southern Farm Press, the kudzu impacted several southeast states, including Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The Farm Press says that the kudzu is a distant relative of the stinkbug - another invasive insect well known to the Washington area - and was first introduced to America in the late 19th century. It is not harmful to humans.