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Species Rhiginia cruciata - Scarlet-bordered Assassin Bug

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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 Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Ectrichodiinae (Millipede Assassins)
Genus Rhiginia
Species cruciata (Scarlet-bordered Assassin Bug)
Other Common Names
Cruciate Assassin Bug, Scarlet-bordered Assassin Bug
Explanation of Names
Rhiginia cruciata (Say 1832)
12-16 mm
Medium-sized assassin bug, resembles Bee Assassin, Apiomerus, but has more uniform bright red border.
se. US (NJ-FL to IL-TX)(1)
Oct-Apr in NC(2)
Life Cycle
hibernates under logs(2); nocturnal; males come to lights in spring(1)
Print References
Taber discusses life history of R. cinctiventris(4)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
4.Insects of the Texas Lost Pines (W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History Series, No. 33)
Stephen W. Taber, Scott B. Fleenor. 2003. M University Press.