False Chinch Bug Damage

scouted July 9, 2024

Background
Soybeans were scouted at the R4 growth stage and when scouted, false chinch bugs were observed. The numbers observed were not at threshold and damage was little to none.
Conclusion
This issue was confirmed by an NC State Extension Specialist as damage from False Chinch Bugs. False chinch bugs usually infest fields in large numbers in patches. Given the name, these insects are sometimes mistaken for chinch bugs. False chinch bugs may feed on soybeans if their preferred host plant is killed. They disperse after a few days, and usually cause little to no damage. However, large numbers can be alarming.

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