Subject: What is this bug??
Geographic location of the bug: Durham NC
Time: 12:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this bug in our greenhouse and I cannot ID it. photo taken with dissection microscope.
How you want your letter signed: Cari M
This is a Chinch Bug in the genus Blissus, and according to BugGuide: “nymphs and adults feed on forage, lawn, wild, and crop grasses” and “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.”