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Species Psallus haematodes

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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 Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Phylinae
Tribe Phylini
Subtribe Phylina
Genus Psallus
Species haematodes (Psallus haematodes)
Explanation of Names
Psallus haematodes (Gmelin 1790)
Size
3-3.8 mm(1)
Identification
In e. Asian specimens, the 1st antennomere yellow with 2 brown spots at bases of spines in medial part. Dorsum in anterior part dirty yellow or whitish yellow, usually more or less red posteriorly; venter pale or abdomen partly brown. Femora and tibiae yellow, whitish or sligthly reddish, with more or less large black spots. Cuneus entirely white, without any red spots. Coloration from pale yellowish with few reddish spots to dominantly light red.(1)
Range
native to the Palaearctic (throughout Europe and Siberia), adventive in our area (BC)(2)
Season
mid-July to early September(1)
Food
Salix spp. appear to be main hosts in Europe; reported to prey on small arthropods in Sweden(2)
Remarks
earliest NA record: BC 1970(3)
Internet References
Images of live and pinned adults & nymphs: AMNH specimens, Danmarks Blomstertæger, British Bugs(4)