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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ______ Tuf.cfoy, May 16, 1972 THE tnHBRIDGE HERALD 27 False bug By DR. G. E. SWAIU5S Research Station In 1971, the false chinch bug caused some damage and much concern when it appear- ed on seedling rape crops in a few fields near Lethbridge. The invading insects moved .from adjacent rape stubble, Tliis previous crop had pro- vided food in the fall and good protection through the winter, A similar situation may exist lltis year in southern Alberta. Emerging rape scedl ings should be watched carelully for signs of damage and the presence of the bugs. The false chinch bug feeds by sucking juice from the leaves, stems, or pods. It leaves a small, rusty, feeding scar surrounded by a yellow necro- tic area. Seedlings with many punctures in the stem collapse and soon dry out, es- pecially in hot, windy weather. Only the underground portions