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Species Capsus ater

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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
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Mirinae
Tribe Mirini
Genus Capsus
Species ater (Capsus ater)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Capsus ater (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Cimex ater Linnaeus 1758
Explanation of Names
ater - Latin for 'black' (1)
2 Nearctic spp., both adventive (2)
native to Europe, adventive and widespread in NA(3)(2)
BG records currently restricted to ne US (2015)
May-July (BG data)
earliest NA record: ME 1826(3)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Alien true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Canada: composition and adaptations
Scudder G.G.E., Foottit R.G. 2006. The Canadian Entomologist 138: 24-51.