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Bug of the Week: False Chinch Bugs

The wildflowers are going, well, wild right now.

It's been cool and rainy, so the insects haven't been quite as active.

I did find a few false chinch bugs on the brittlebush.

False chinch bugs (Nysius raphanus) feed on weeds like London rocket. If the conditions are right, they can build up to high numbers. They aggregate as they prepare for migration and sometimes clouds of these tiny insects can be found in certain locations in the desert. Once the migration starts, however, they disappear rapidly.

No clouds of insects in my yard, though. Just flowers...

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