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Species Ischnodemus variegatus - Myakka 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 Lygaeoidea
Family Blissidae
Genus Ischnodemus
Species variegatus (Myakka Bug)
Range
native to Central and South America; adventive in our area (FL only)[cite:185010]
Habitat
Marshes with Hymenachne amplexicaulis
Food
Feeds on Hymenachne amplexicaulis, an invasive marsh grass.
Remarks
first collected in the US in Sarasota Co., FL on 9/21/2000
Print References
Brambila J, Santana F. 2004. First records for Ischnodemus variegatus (Hemiptera: Blissidae) in North America. Florida Entomologist 87: 585-586 (Full text)