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Family Saldidae - Shore Bugs

Shore Bugs - Pentacora ligata Heteroptera 2009-01b - Saldula Teloleuca bifasciata Thomson - Teloleuca bifasciata Mirid - Micracanthia humilis Maybe Saldini - Salda 062812Bug1 not a tick, a SHORE bug Shore Bug - Micracanthia humilis
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 Leptopodomorpha
Family Saldidae (Shore Bugs)
Numbers
2 subfamilies, with 72 spp. in 11-13 genera in NA(1)(2) and ~340 spp. in ~30 genera worldwide(3)
Overview of our fauna (* –taxa not yet in the guide):
Family Saldidae
Subfamily Saldinae
Size
3-7 mm
Identification
body oval, flattened, brown and white or black and white; forewing membrane with four or five long closed cells
Range
North America, Eurasia, Africa, Australia
Habitat
near water on sandy shores, edges of ponds, bogs, marshes, mud flats; on rocks in streams; around springs(4); may also occur away from water, even in dry areas(3)
Season
April through October
Food
predaceous on other insects; some scavengers(1)
Print References
(5)
Works Cited
1.Aquatic Insects of North America
R. W. Merritt, K. W. Cummins, M.B. Berg. 2008. Kendall/Hunt.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
4.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
5.Encyclopedia of South American aquatic insects: Hemiptera-Heteroptera: illustrated keys to known families, genera, and species
Heckman C.W. 2011. Springer. ix+679 pp.