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Species Metopoplax ditomoides

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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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Oxycarenidae
Genus Metopoplax
Species ditomoides (Metopoplax ditomoides)
Explanation of Names
Metopoplax ditomoides (A. Costa 1847)
3.5-4.0 mm(1)
Native to continental Europe, adventive in NA (Pacific Coast, BC-CA)(2)(3)(4)(Wheeler & Hoebeke 2012)
adults present year round in the UK(1)
nuisance pest, may invade houses and other buildings in large numbers(3)
earliest record in our area: OR 1998(2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Bantock T., Botting J. (2010-) British Bugs, an online identification guide to UK Hemiptera
2.California plant pest & disease report, Vol. 22 (Jul 2002 through Jul 2005)
S. Gaimari, ed. 2005. California Department of Food & Agriculture, Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch. 78 pp.
3.Exotic seed-bugs (Lygeoidea: Rhyparochromidae & Oxycarenidae) new to the Pacific Northwest
LaGasa E., Murray T. 2007. Proceedings, 66th Annual Pacific Northwest Insect Management Conference, Jan. 8-9, 2007: 5-6.
4.List of exotic species of concern: Introduced, established and threatening Washington State