Chinch Bug
( Blissus sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Blissus sp.
(Burmeister ,1835 )
Common Name:Chinch Bug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Lygaeidae
Subfamily:Blissinae
Genus:Blissus
Taxon Code:HET01445
ITIS/TSN:107677

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION

BIOLOGY
Food
Nymphs and adults feed on forage, lawn, wild, and crop grasses.
Habitat
Fields, lawns, commercial crop plantations.
Importance
This feeding prevents normal growth and results in dwarfing, lodging, and yield reduction. Severe infestations during early development may cause plants to wilt and die prematurely.
Range
Most of the Americas.
Development
Overwinter as adults among weeds/grasses near fields; adults emerge in spring and lay eggs singly behind leaf sheath or in soil at base of small plants; eggs hatch in a few days; nymphs feed on all parts of host plant; 5 nymphal instars; 2-3 generations per year.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
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