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Species Oxycarenus lavaterae - Lime Seed Bug

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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 Oxycarenidae
Genus Oxycarenus
Species lavaterae (Lime Seed Bug)
Other Common Names
Mallow Seed Bug
Explanation of Names
Oxycarenus lavaterae (Fabricius 1787)
'Lime' in the common name refers to linden/basswood, not citrus fruit
Size
4.8–6.0 mm (Hebda & Olbrycht 2016), large for this family
Range
native to the Mediterranean Basin, adventive elsewhere (has spread across Europe during the last two decades; the BG submission represents the first evidence of its presence in NA)
Food
hosts: Malvaceae, incl. linden*
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*The former Tiliaceae have been sunk into Malvaceae(1)
Life Cycle
Remarks
forms large aggregations on basswood bark
Internet References
Pest report(2) (info on Afrotropical distribution prob. in error. =v=)
Species page (Gogala 2014)(3)