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Kudzu-eating bugs spread

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Bean Plataspids near Athens, Georgia. / Jeremy Greene. Clemson University. Bugwood.org Bean Plataspids near Athens, Georgia. / Jeremy Greene. Clemson University. Bugwood.org

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – The bug that eats ‘The Vine that ate the South', is spreading out.

A kudzu-eating bug, first spotted in Georgia, is spreading to other states.

The insect is known as the "Bean Plataspid".

In some places, the bug has reduced kudzu growth by a third.

According to the USDA, however, the Bean Plataspid can also cause substantial damage to soybean crops as well.

The bugs were first discovered in four Georgia counties.

They now cover most of Georgia, the Carolinas and several Alabama counties.

The Bean Plataspid is native to Southeast Asia.

Officials believe recent tornadoes and thunderstorms swept the bugs into other areas, and Hurricane Irene could push them further away.

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