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Species Blepharidopterus angulatus - Black-kneed Capsid

Heteroptera 03a - Blepharidopterus angulatus Heteroptera 03b - Blepharidopterus angulatus Plant Bug IMG_5135 - Blepharidopterus angulatus
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 Cimicomorpha
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Orthotylinae
Tribe Orthotylini
Genus Blepharidopterus
Species angulatus (Black-kneed Capsid)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1807 by Fallén
Size
5-6 mm
Identification
body slender, parallel-sided, green with small black patches at base of tibia ("knees"), base of antennal segments, and at posterior angles of pronotum; length of first antennal segment approximately equal to width of head; antennae usually very long in males; variable yellow markings on scutellum and forewings; other NA Blepharidopterus spp. lack black markings
Range
native to the Palaearctic, adventive in our area (NS-PA-MI-BC)(1)(2)
Habitat
on trees
Food
nymphs and adults feed on mites, mite eggs, aphids and other soft-bodied arthropods found on fruit trees and other deciduous trees(3)(4)
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as an egg; eggs are laid singly deep into one- or two-year-old wood of hostplant; nymphs emerge from early to mid summer and develop through five instars
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