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Species Malacocoris chlorizans - Delicate Apple-capsid

Plant Bug - Malacocoris chlorizans Bug - Malacocoris chlorizans Bug - Malacocoris chlorizans mirid - Malacocoris chlorizans mirid - Malacocoris chlorizans Malacocoris chlorizans? - Malacocoris chlorizans Malacocoris chlorizans? - Malacocoris chlorizans
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 Orthotylinae
Tribe Orthotylini
Genus Malacocoris
Species chlorizans (Delicate Apple-capsid)
Range
native to w. Palaearctic(1), introduced and established in the Pacific Northwest (BC-WA); first collected in 1959(2)
Food
zoophytophagous on various hosts, incl. maple, alder, hazel, basswood, nettle(1), and ash; reported as a beneficial agent able to control outbreaks of small plant sucking arthropods, such as mites, aphids, whiteflies, and mealybugs (Guidone et al. 2008)
Remarks
"The occurrence of M. chlorizans in ornamental situations from Seatle strongly suggests an introduction through the importation of nursey stock."(2)