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Subfamily Alydinae

Ant Mimic True Bug - Hyalymenus longispinus Juvenile Assassin Bug - ant mimic??? - Hyalymenus tarsatus Coreid? - Tollius setosus Neat Alydid - Alydus pilosulus Texas Bow-legged Bug - Hyalymenus tarsatus Alydidae - not sure which - Alydus Megalotomus quinquespinosus? Lupine Bug for OK in May - Megalotomus quinquespinosus Unknown flying insects on bean plant - Alydus eurinus
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 Alydidae (Broad-headed Bugs)
Subfamily Alydinae
Explanation of Names
by far the largest of the two subfamilies, with 21 spp. in 8 genera in our area(1)(2), incl. Apidaurus conspersus (so. TX)(3)
Identification
nymphs are often ant mimics(2)
Range
worldwide and throughout NA(1)(2)
Food
primarily on Fabaceae (often on seeds)(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.
3.A revision of Apidaurus (Hemiptera: Alydidae: Alydinae)
C.W. Schaefer & J.C. Schaffner. 2003. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96(5):615-624.