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Subfamily Lygaeinae

Molted Skin of Large Milkweed Bug - Oncopeltus fasciatus Oncopeltus fasciatus_first instar - Oncopeltus fasciatus Milkweed Bug - Oncopeltus fasciatus False Milkweed Bug - Lygaeus turcicus Small Milkweed Bug (Lygaeus kalmii) - Lygaeus Oncopeltus fasciatus - Lygaeus turcicus Oncopeltus fasciatus - female Black and Orange Bug - Oncopeltus fasciatus
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 Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Lygaeinae
Numbers
the most diverse lygaeid subfamily, with 45 spp. in 8 genera in our area(1), 640 spp. in ~60 genera worldwide(2)
Range
worldwide and throughout NA; most diverse in the tropics(2)
Food
often associated with species belonging to the Asclepiadaceae and Apocyanaceae, and some probably feed on cast seeds(2)
Remarks
Lygaeinae often have aposematic colouration and are probably associated with Müllerian mimicry complexes involving other pentatomomorphan taxa(2)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Zoological catalogue of Australia: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha)
Cassis G., Gross G.F. 2002. CSIRO Publishing, 751 pp.