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Podisus nymph, testing out a key - Podisus serieventris - male

Podisus nymph, testing out a key - Podisus serieventris - Male
Columbia, Grindstone Park, Boone County, Missouri, USA
July 2, 2011
Size: 10 mm
So, my little friend here molted into an adult. Annnd... whaaa? A new (for me) species of Podisus!? I'm not just fooling myself into thinking this isn't P. mac, am I? The spines look all wrong. It still looks somewhat teneral, so I'll take some more shots later, but the ventral looks off too. I've never actually seen a different species of Podisus in person, so I figure this is P. brevispinus, but would definitely like some confirmation. Thanks!

Also, looks like I'll need to work with those nymphal keys more. Yeesh.

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D.B. Thomas:
"The ventral view shows no sign of the glandular patch found in males of Apateticus, so I have to go with Podisus serieventris"

Moved from Podisus.

 
Confirmed
I took it in to the lab at Missouri and talked with Dr. Robert Sites. We sat down and keyed it out to P. serieventris. Matched specimens in the collection, including the legs.

Moved

Moved tentatively, will seek confirmation; beautiful specimen!
pls add measured size

Moved from Podisus.

 
I'm so confused now.
Maybe those lines on the wings will go away as it ages a bit... In any event, if this turns out to not be Podisus, do we have a bunch of nymphs to move out of the Podisus section?

Measured size added. Right at 10 mm.

 
Also
wanted to add that I raised this individual on Entylia nymphs that I found in my yard. I witnessed the 5th instar eating them.

EDIT: Strange, seems like Missouri is waaay North of Apateticus lineolatus' range.

 
you have a bunch of valid points, Andrew
hope Don Thomas gives us a definitive answer

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