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Species Zelus tetracanthus

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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 Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Harpactorinae
Tribe Harpactorini
Genus Zelus
Species tetracanthus (Zelus tetracanthus)
Other Common Names
Four-spurred Assassin Bug
Explanation of Names
Zelus tetracanthus Stål 1862
Size
10.6-16.8 mm(1)
Identification
Large, brown, with the usual two spines on shoulders (humeral) plus two spines on the top of the thorax.
Range
so. Canada (transcontinental) to Brazil & Paraguay(2)(1)
Remarks
our only representative of the subgenus Pindus Stål 1862
Works Cited
1.Genus Zelus Fabricius in the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)
Hart E.R. 1986. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 79: 535-548.
2.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.