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Family Thyreocoridae - Ebony Bugs

negro bug - Corimelaena Tiny Beetle - Corimelaena Bug? - Corimelaena Thyreocoridae, front - Galgupha Thyreocoridae, lateral - Galgupha Thyreocorid on Collomia grandiflora - Corimelaena Thyreocoridae, lateral - Galgupha ?
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 Thyreocoridae (Ebony Bugs)
Other Common Names
Negro Bugs
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
often treated as part of Cydnidae (Thyreocorinae and Corymelaeninae)(1)
Explanation of Names
Thyreocoridae Amyot & Serville 1843
>40 spp. in 4 genera in our area (all in the Corimelaeninae)(2), TBA spp. in genera worldwide
3-6 mm(3)
Shiny black, broad oval, convex shape. Tibiae have no spines or slender ones. Large scutellum covers most of abdomen and wings. Look like beetles but have 5-segmented antennae and 4-segmented beak.(3)
on short vegetation(4)
feed on flowers and developing seeds(4)
Internet References
Key to FL spp. (Andersen et al. 2002)
Works Cited
1.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.
4.An updated synopsis of the Pentatomoidea (Heteroptera) of Michigan
Swanson D.R. 2012. Great Lakes Entomologist 45: 263-311.