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Species Blissus leucopterus - Hairy Chinch Bug

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Blissidae
Genus Blissus (Chinch Bugs)
Species leucopterus (Hairy Chinch Bug)
Explanation of Names
Blissus leucopterus (Say 1832)
leucopterus = 'white-winged'
Wings vary in length (from as long as the body to ⅓-½ body length) and bear a distinctive triangular black mark.
Nymphs & adults (brachypterous & macropterous)
NA east of the Rockies (NS-FL to WY-TX)(1)(2)(3)
Life Cycle
overwinter as adults in protected areas, such as among weeds and grasses near fields.
during periods of abundance has caused massive damage to corn and small grains in the midwestem states(2)
Works Cited
1.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.