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Species Orthocephalus saltator

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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 Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Orthotylinae
Tribe Halticini
Genus Orthocephalus
Species saltator (Orthocephalus saltator)
Explanation of Names
Orthocephalus saltator (Hahn 1835)
3.5-6.3 mm(1)
tibiae reddish-brown to dull yellowish on front and middle legs, and sometimes also hindlegs (a distinguishing feature); dorsal surface black with numerous silvery hairs; adult males have long wings that extend beyond abdomen; adult females have short wings as short as or shorter than abdomen(1)
native to Eurasia (throughout Europe to e. Siberia), introduced (probably on plant material in the early 1900s) and now occurs in ne. NA (NS-ON-PA)(1)
weedy fields, meadows
adults Jun-Aug
hosts include Poaceae and Asteraceae(2)
earliest NA record: NS 1947(3)
Internet References
images of adult females (1,2; W. Meng, Denmark), male (Arto_SLN, Finland), live adult (Bilule, France)