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Southern Chinchbugs

Southern Chinchbugs

Southern Chinchbugs

Southern Chinchbugs Chinch bugs are a complex of three different species within the Lygaeidae family The hairy chinch bug prefers bentgrasses, but will attack many other lawn grasses as well.

The wings rest flat over the back of the insect and there is a black spot between the wings. Adults may be long-winged or short-winged. There are five nymphal instars of chinch bus ranging in size from 1 to 3 mm (1/32 to 1/5 inch). The first two nymphal instars are red, with a white band across their abdomen, while the third and fourth instars are orange with wing pads just beginning to appear. The fifth instar is black with wing pads easily visible.

Southern Chinchbugs

Southern Chinchbugs

The female chinch bug deposits her eggs on St. Augustinegrass close to where the plant contacts the soil. During the summer months, the eggs hatch between six to 13 days, with an average period of 11 days. This process can last a month or more during the winter months. The eggs are small and oval shaped, with a blunt end from which four small projections extend.

The adult form of the southern chinch bug has a black body measuring about 6 mm in length . The wings are white with a black spot on the margins of the forewings. There are two forms of B. insularis: the long-winged form, in which the wings reach almost to the end of the abdomen, and the short-winged form, in which the wings extend about half the length of the abdomen. Studies regarding the length of the adult life span differ significantly, with averages ranging from 10 to 70 days; however, the mean life span in controlled conditions seems to be around 49.

Southern Chinch bug damage in a small grain field first appears as small spots of drying grain. These areas gradually enlarge until, under severe infestation, an entire field may be affected. In corn, first the lower leaves and then the whole plant wilts and soon turns white. Damage resembles that caused by severe frost or fire. This condition continues into the field as far as the heavy infestation. Some bugs, however, may be found on plants 50 to 100 rows beyond the furthest point of visible damage

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