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Species Piezogaster calcarator

Bug - Piezogaster calcarator Squash Bug - Piezogaster calcarator - male Leaf Bug - Piezogaster calcarator Leaffooted Bug - Piezogaster calcarator - female Coreid - Piezogaster calcarator Another chocolate-colored beetle - Piezogaster calcarator Piezogaster calcarator (Fabricius) - Piezogaster calcarator Piezogaster calcarator (Fabricius) - Piezogaster calcarator
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 Nematopini
Genus Piezogaster
Species calcarator (Piezogaster calcarator)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Piezogaster calcarator (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Coreus calcarator Fabricius, 1803
Syn: Coreus alternatus Say, 1825 (1)
Size
17-21 mm (Dealy, 2000)
Identification
**The following is being kept for now, but the two species (alternatus & calcarator) are considered both to be P. calcarator.** (1)
Dealy (2000) gives the following diagnosis for this species:
Morphologically, P. calcarator is similar to both P. alternatus and P. indecorus, however, the body color is much paler than the latter two, often with an orange hue and all of the connexival segments of P. calcarator are unicolorous, as opposed to the bicolored segments of P. alternatus and P. indecorus. P. calcarator does not have the dark brown to black hairs covering its body that P. alternatus does.
Additionally, P. calcarator occupies only the southeast region of the United States, whereas P. alternatus and P. indecorus are more cosmopolitan across the United States and Mexico, respectively.
Baranowski and Slater (1986) concur, "Connexivum uniformly reddish brown or suffused with black, but never with alternating pale and dark markings." But they also treat P. alternatus as a separate sp. from P. calcarator. (2)
Range
e US (TX-FL-NY-MN) (1)(BG data)
Remarks
*Dealy (2000) was never formally published, so any changes within should not be used.*
Print References
Dealy, B. (2000). A revision of the genus Piezogaster Amyot & Serville (Heteroptera: Coreidae: Nematopodini) and the description of two new species. M.Sc. Thesis, Fort Hays State University, Kansas. iii + 121 pp. (scribd link, Forsyth Digital Library link)
Yonke & Medler. 1969. Description of immature stages of Coreidae. 3. Archimerus alternatus. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 62: 477-480.
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.Coreidae of Florida (Hemiptera, Heteroptera).
Baranowski, R.M. and J.A. Slater. 1986. Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas. Vol. 12, no. 630. viii + 82 pp.