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Family Thyreocoridae - Negro Bugs

Desert Negro Bug - Galgupha Black bug Negro Bug - Corimelaena Negro Bug - Galgupha nitiduloides Negro Bug - Corimelaena Thyreocoridae Small true bug nymph Thyreocoridae, dorsal
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 Thyreocoridae (Negro Bugs)
Other Common Names
Ebony Bugs, Black Bugs
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cormelaenidae
often treated as part of Cydnidae (Thyreocorinae and Corymelaeninae)(1)
Explanation of Names
Thyreocoridae Amyot & Serville 1843
Numbers
>40 spp. in 4 genera in our area (all in the Corimelaeninae)(2), TBA spp. in genera worldwide
Size
3-6 mm(3)
Identification
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)
Habitat
on short vegetation(4)
Food
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.