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Flat Bug - Mezira

Flat Bug - Mezira
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
February 4, 2005
Spot focus helped a lot. Not perfect, but much better. This flat bug lives under a piece of wood at the neighbor's house. It is about 5mm.

Moved
Moved from Mezirinae.

Moved
Moved from Flat Bugs.

Moved
Moved from Mezirinae. There are only five genera so far - hardly seems to be a need for subfamilies. And this is the only image on the subfamily page which has not yet been ID'd to genus. And the subfamily page was just an empty shell without added info, so we deleted it to simplify things. Please feel free to reinsert the subfamily pages if you think there is a real need for them. We do not mean to offend, just trying to simplify.

 
one reason to keep Mezirinae
...is that new submissions can be reasonably expected to be easily IDed to Mezirinae by anyone (the subfamily habitus being peculiar enough) but not to genera (diff. between the two genera within the subfamily are subtle), so without the Mezirinae page obvious mezirines will be doomed to remain at family level and the section will be less informative

 
Sounds good to me,
thanks for cleaning up.

 
taxonomy
when I look under the taxonomy tab for the family Aradidae, I see this:
Phylum Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class Insecta - Insects
Order Hemiptera - True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies
Suborder Heteroptera - True Bugs
Family Aradidae - Flat Bugs
Genus Aneurus
Species fiskei - Aneurus fiskei
Genus Aradus
Species aequalis - Aradus aequalis
Species crenatus - Aradus crenatus
Species falleni - Aradus falleni
Species implanus - Aradus implanus
Species ornatus - Aradus ornatus
Species quadrilineatus - Aradus quadrilineatus
Species robustus - Aradus robustus
Species kormilevi - Aradus kormilevi
Genus Neuroctenus
Genus Mezira
Genus Quilnus
Species niger - Quilnus niger

Instead, I propose that it be reorganized to look like this (incorporating subfamilies):

Phylum Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class Insecta - Insects
Order Hemiptera - True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies
Suborder Heteroptera - True Bugs
Family Aradidae - Flat Bugs
Subfamily Anurinae
Genus Aneurus
Species fiskei - Aneurus fiskei
Subfamily Aradinae
Genus Aradus
Species aequalis - Aradus aequalis
Species crenatus - Aradus crenatus
Species falleni - Aradus falleni
Species implanus - Aradus implanus
Species ornatus - Aradus ornatus
Species quadrilineatus - Aradus quadrilineatus
Species robustus - Aradus robustus
Species kormilevi - Aradus kormilevi
Genus Quilnus
Species niger - Quilnus niger
Subfamily Mezirinae
Genus Neuroctenus
Genus Mezira

But I don't think I have the "permissions" to do this (or if I do, I don't want to use them!). Can some Admin person fix this?

 
Not many people will see your request here
only those of us who have commented on this image. It is better to put such a request in the Forums. But lately most such requests have been turned down. The plan usually is to put such information on the INFO page with links to the image pages, instead of cluttering the taxonomy tab. Anyone looking through taxonomy would click on Aradidae and face three subfamily pages. At that point they would have to guess what subfamily their species is in. If they guess wrong, they go back and guess a different one. Not very efficient. But such information can easily be loaded on the INFO page and leaves the taxonomy tab clean.

ID
It is an Aradidae of the subfamily Mezirinae - I can't quite tell (because of the focus issue), but I suspect is is genus Mezira

It Depends
Lynette, It depends on what kind of camera you have. Most of the better digital cameras give you a choice as to how the focus is set. Your owner's manual should talk about this. There may be one setting for "let the camera choose the focus point," and another for "let me choose the focus point," and maybe another for "focus on whatever is in the exact center." The latter setting may be the most handy. Then all you have to do is get the flat bug centered and snap the picture. Otherwise you should choose "let me select the focus" and you'll need to use some kind of arrow buttons to select the bug as the focus point. Again, the manual will tell you exactly how to select the focus point. Hope this helps!

--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

 
YES
You know, I thought I already had it set to focus on center...but I found a focus on spot setting that I never knew existed, so I am charging my camera and heading back to get a better shot of that flat bug this afternoon. Thanks for the help. (also my manual is a bit hard to read....it failed to tell me I had to be in program mode to select this option)

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