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Species Stiretrus anchorago - Anchor Stink Bug

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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 Pentatomoidea
Family Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs)
Subfamily Asopinae (Predatory Stink Bugs)
Genus Stiretrus
Species anchorago (Anchor Stink Bug)
Other Common Names
Anchor Bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stiretrus anchorago (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Cimex anchorago Fabricius 1775
Explanation of Names
anchorago apparently refers to the anchor-like dorsal pattern (medieval spelling anchora)
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Numbers
1 sp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
7-9 mm (2)
Identification
Both markings and color are highly variable, but generally includes a variably-shaped dark central band running from the head toward the rear of the insect. The pale area on the right and left sides of the pronotum contain one to three dark spots (usually two). The dark color is dark blue to black. The light color may be white, pink, yellow, orange, or red.

Nymphs:

profemora with strong tooth (unlike in Zicrona)
Range
NM-FL-ME-IA / Ont. / Mex. to Panama (3)(4)(BG data)
Habitat
on a wide variety of herbaceous plants (2)
Season
mostly Apr-Sep (full: Mar-Nov) (BG data)
Food
Adults feed on the larvae of beetles, butterflies, and moths, incl. many pest spp. (notably Mexican Bean Beetle and Japanese Beetle) (2)
Life Cycle
Eggs typically take seven days to hatch. The progression through the five instars takes another 25-35 days. (2)
Remarks
Type Locality: "America"
Print References
Neck RW. 1988. Prey preferences of a predaceous stink bug, Stiretrus anchorago (F.) (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae). Texas Journal of Science 40(3): 354-356.
Richman DB. 1977. Predation on the alfalfa weevil, Hypera postica (Gyllenhal), by Stiretrus anchorago (F.) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Florida Entomologist 60: 192.
Richman DB, Whitcomb WH. 1978. Comparative life cycles of four species of predatory stink bugs. Florida Entomologist 61: 113-119.
Waddill V. Shepard M. 1974. Biology of a predaceous stink bug, Stiretrus anchorago, (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Florida Entomologist 57: 249-253.
Waddill V. 1975. A comparison of predation by the pentatomids, Podisus maculiventris (Say) and Stiretrus anchorago (F.), on the Mexican bean beetle, Epilachna varivestis Mulsant. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 68: 1023-27.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Richman & Mead, 2001 (2)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.U. of Florida and Dep. of Agriculture Website
3.Pentatomidae (Heteroptera) of Honduras: a checklist with description of a new ochlerine genus
Arismendi N., Thomas D.B. 2003. Insecta Mundi 17: 219-236.
4.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.