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Species Kleidocerys resedae - Birch Catkin Bug

Kleidocerys resedae? - Kleidocerys resedae Seed Bug - Kleidocerys resedae seed bug - Kleidocerys resedae Seed bug - Kleidocerys resedae Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae Birch Catkin Bug - Kleidocerys resedae Plant Bug - Kleidocerys resedae Kleidocerys resedae
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Ischnorhynchinae
Genus Kleidocerys
Species resedae (Birch Catkin Bug)
Explanation of Names
Kleidocerys resedae (Panzer 1797)
Numbers
represented by 3 sspp. in our area(1)
Size
4.5-5.5 mm(2)
Identification
Dr. Merrill Sweet has reviewed all the images placed on this page as of 1 p.m. EST 5/19/09. His opinion: "I would call all of these K. resedae from the photos, but the actual specimens may tell a different story" (pers.comm. to =v=)
Range
Holarctic, native in NA (transcontinental) to C. Amer.(1)(3)
Habitat
On birch (Betula), nymphs preferably on catkins
Season
Adults hibernate; nymphs in spring/early summer
Food
"Birch Catkin Bugs can occur on other species of trees and shrubs but are most commonly found on Betula spp. (birch) in Ontario." per Common Nursery & Landscape Pests of Ontario (see link below)
Internet References
Species page (Bantock & Botting 2010)(2)

Common Nursery & Landscape pests of Ontario:
Works Cited
1.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
2.Bantock T., Botting J. (2010-) British Bugs, an online identification guide to UK Hemiptera
3.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.