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Species Xanthochilus saturnius - Mediterranean Seed Bug

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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 Rhyparochromidae (Dirt-colored Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Rhyparochrominae
Tribe Rhyparochromini
Genus Xanthochilus
Species saturnius (Mediterranean Seed Bug)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rhyparochromus saturnius
Explanation of Names
Xanthochilus saturnius (Rossi 1790)
native to Europe and the Mediterranean, adventive in NA (WA-CA) and now locally abundant(1)(2)
earliest NA record: CA 1994(3)
can be very abundant in grass seed fields in so. OR (Rogg 2011)
Works Cited
1.Raglius alboacuminatus (Goeze) and Rhyparochromus vulgaris (Schilling) (Lygaeoidea: Rhyparochromidae)...
Henry T.J. 2004. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 106: 513-522.
2.California plant pest & disease report, Vol. 22 (Jul 2002 through Jul 2005)
S. Gaimari, ed. 2005. California Department of Food & Agriculture, Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch. 78 pp.
3.Rhyparochromus saturnius (Rossi) (Heteroptera:Lygaeoidea:Rhyparochromidae), a Palearctic seed bug newly discovered in N. America
Henry T.J., Adamski D. 1998. J. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 106: 132-140.