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Discovery of natural enemies for invasive Asian agricultural pests. Scientists at the ARS Sino-American Biological Control Laboratory are participating in surveys in China to help discover new natural enemies of invasive Asian pests such as the brown marmorated stink bug and the spotted wing drosophila fly. These pests have become established in the USA and cause significant damage to a wide range of specialty fruit and nut crops. Natural enemies of these insects found in field surveys in China are collected and sent to ARS scientists in the USA for further evaluation, along with information on their abundance and host range in their native China.