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Species Chelinidea vittiger - Cactus Coreid

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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 Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Chelinideini
Genus Chelinidea
Species vittiger (Cactus Coreid)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chelinidea vittiger Uhler 1863
Explanation of Names
vittiger - Latin for 'stripe-bearing'
Numbers
4 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
Adults 12-15 mm (2)
Identification
Conspicuous dorsal, yellow stripe on the head, nearly solid yellow pronotum, and yellow veins of the forewing. General appearance is similar to the better known squash bugs (Anasa spp.) which lack the extensive yellow pronotum and the yellowish veins of the corium and clavus that starkly contrast with the generally dark hemelytra. This contrast is less apparent in other forms and species of Chelinidea. Other notable yellowish areas of specimens from Florida are the entire venter, basal half of costal margin of corium, and exposed margin of the abdomen. Florida specimens have the antennae, most of head, legs, and hemelytra dark brown to blackish. The membrane of the forewing often has a greenish cast and is generally darker than the leathery basal portion. A black transverse bar is nearly always present at the base of the pronotum. The antennae have a slightly dilated appearance which, on close inspection, reveal 3-sided (prism- shaped) 2nd and 3rd segments (also present in older nymphs). An overall feature of Chelinidea is the glabrous (hairless) appearance.
Range
s. US / n. MX (BG data)
VA-FL to AB-OR-CA / n. Mexico (1) (Only sp. in genus east of TX)
Season
mostly: Apr-Sept (full season: Feb-Dec) (BG data)
Food
prickly pear cacti, Opuntia spp.
Life Cycle
First eggs of the season are deposited in March, longitudinally on the underside of prickly pear spines. The egg laying period in each generation extends over two to three months, the rate of nymphal development varies considerably, and adults are long lived (nine to 12 months).
Remarks
represented in se. US by the ssp. C. v. aequoris
introduced to Australia to combat the invasive prickly pear cacti (proven ineffective)
Print References
DeVol JE, Goeden RD. 1973. Biology of Chelinidea vittiger with notes on its host-plant relationships and value in biological weed control. Environmental Entomology 2: 231-240.
Hamlin JC. 1924. A review of the genus Chelinidea (Hemiptera-Heteroptera) with biological data. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 25: 89-120.
Hunter WD, Pratt FC, Mitchell JD. 1912. The principal cactus insects of the United States. U.S.D.A. Bureau of Entomology Bulletin 113: 1-71.
Mann J. 1969. Cactus-feeding insects and mites. U.S. National Museum Bulletin 256: 1-158.
Internet References
Fact sheet - Mead & Herring [Cite:185010]
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.A review of the cactus bugs of the genus Chelinidea with the description of a new species (Hemiptera: Coreidae)
Herring J.L. 1980. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 82: 237-251.