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Black Grass Bugs Are Back!


Courtesy PR Extension

Just in the last week, the black grass bug hammered crested wheatgrass hard, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent.

People will first notice an “anemic” look to the grass in some areas, where it should be a healthy green color. The black grass bug literally “sucks the juices” out of the leaves, leaving a whitened, tough and stringy leaf. The black grass bug (labops hesperius) is one of the earliest pests to emerge in the spring and is able to feed in very cold weather. The young nymphs hatch from eggs that have been inserted into grass...

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