Stinky Raspberries

The Birch Catkin Bugs (Kleidocerys resedae) have moved down in numbers from the surrounding birch trees to enjoy the last of the ripening raspberries. These small “stink bugs” release an unpleasant smelling secretion from their abdomens to make them less palatable to birds and other predators. Unfortunately this adds an unpleasant taste and smell to any raspberry that they come into contact with, so that is game over for my raspberries until next year.