chinch bug


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chinch bug

n.
Any of various insects of the family Blissidae that feed chiefly on grasses, especially Blissus leucopterus of North America, which damages grain crops and turf grasses.

chinch bug

n
1. (Animals) a black-and-white tropical American heteropterous insect, Blissus leucopterus, that is very destructive to grasses and cereals in the US: family Lygaeidae
2. (Animals) a related and similar European insect, Ischnodemus sabuleti

chinch′ bug`


n.
a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains.
[1775–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chinch bug - small black-and-white insect that feeds on cereal grasseschinch bug - small black-and-white insect that feeds on cereal grasses
lygaeid, lygaeid bug - a true bug: usually bright-colored; pest of cultivated crops and some fruit trees
Blissus, genus Blissus - chinch bugs
References in classic literature ?
It was a hard bargain, but one that Wade could afford to take up, for if the wheat were to freeze out, or if the grasshoppers should eat it, or the chinch bugs ruin it, or a hail storm beat it down into the mud, or if any of the many hatreds Stepmother Nature holds out toward those trusting souls who would squeeze a living from her hard hands--if any of these misfortunes should transpire, he would be out nothing but labor, and that was the one thing he and Martin could afford to risk.
Survival of different life stages of the southern chinch bug (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae) following insecticidal applications.
The fever of land speculation and the chinch bug alighting like locusts completed the wheat devastation.
The warmer the temperature, the faster the chinch bug completes its life cycle.
It has excellent mealybug [Tridiscus sporoli (Cockerell) or Trionymus spp.) and buffalograss mite [Eriophyes (Aceria) slykhuisi (Hall)] resistance, and high to moderate chinch bug (Blissus occiduus Barber) resistance (Heng-Moss et al., 2002).
When the chinch bugs come along all ready to eat up my corn, these little fellows will take care of 'em." He chuckles, "There's nothing a quail likes as much as a chinch bug.
The chinch bug, once the plague of pioneer farmers, is making an unwelcome comeback on modern-day corn and other grain crops.
Millard was awarded a patent on a chinch bug plow device.
The southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis Barber, is considered the most damaging insect pest of this grass (Kerr 1966; Reinert & Kerr 1973; Reinert & Portier 1983; Crocker 1993).
Studies have shown that chinch bug numbers are largest on dry, sunny sites where there is a significant thatch layer and a large population of fine fescues.
Muller]}, spring melting out [caused by Drechslera poae (Baudys) Shoem], seedling damping off (caused by Pythium, Rhizoctonia, and Fusarium spp.), and chinch bug (Blissus leucopterus hirtus Montandon).