In 2009, the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (F.), also known the bean plataspid, lablab bug, or globular stinkbug, was reported in nine counties in northeastern Georgia. The following year, the insect had been found in more than 60 counties North Carolina.
Since then, surveys by NCSU Entomology Department and the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services have confirmed the presence of the kudzu bug in kudzu patches and soybean fields in more than 55 counties. It is likely present in many other counties, but simply has not yet been seen there.