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Species Pselliopus cinctus

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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 Harpactorinae
Genus Pselliopus
Species cinctus (Pselliopus cinctus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pselliopus cinctus (Fabricius, 1776)
12-13 mm
Dull orange, marked with black and white, especially legs and antennae (1). Pselliopus cinctus and Pselliopus barberi appear to be the two widespread species in the eastern United States. Dull-orange adults from this area are likely (?) cinctus, and bright orange ones are likely (?) barberi. This guide is being written somewhat provisionally at the species level.
Includes eastern United States.
Found on vegetation, often where other insects visit flowers.
Predatory on other insects.
Life Cycle
Adults likely overwinter.
Print References
Slater, pp. 124-5, fig. 227 (1)
Arnett, pp. 265-6, fig. 20.40 (2)
Brimley, p. 73, notes from North Carolina (3)
Arnett and Jacques, account #53 (4)
Salsbury, Insects in Kansas, p. 110--color photo (5)
Internet References
NCSU Entomology collection--over 100 specimens pinned
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
4.Simon & Schuster's Guide to Insects
Dr. Ross H. Arnett, Dr. Richard L. Jacques. 1981. Fireside.
5.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.