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Species Rhyparochromus vulgaris

Rhyparochromus vulgaris Lygaeid - Rhyparochromus vulgaris True Bug - Rhyparochromus vulgaris Dirt-colored Seed Bug - Rhyparochromus vulgaris Dirt-colored Seed Bug - Rhyparochromus vulgaris Dirt-colored Seed Bug - Rhyparochromus vulgaris Plant bug - Rhyparochromus vulgaris  Rhyparochromus - Rhyparochromus vulgaris
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 Rhyparochromidae (Dirt-colored Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Rhyparochrominae
Tribe Rhyparochromini
Genus Rhyparochromus
Species vulgaris (Rhyparochromus vulgaris)
Explanation of Names
Rhyparochromus vulgaris (Schilling 1829)
Size
7-8 mm(1)
Range
native to Europe, recently introduced to NA (Seattle, WA area)(2)(LaGasa 2006)
Habitat
on the ground and on tree trunks(3); tends to congregate around buildings late in the season seeking shelter
Food
various seeds(3)
Remarks
earliest NA record: WA 2001; since 2003, large congregations have been reported in nw. WA(2); expected to spread to BC(4)
Internet References
Species page (Bantock & Botting 2010)(1)
Works Cited
1.Bantock T., Botting J. (2010-) British Bugs, an online identification guide to UK Hemiptera
2.Exotic seed-bugs (Lygeoidea: Rhyparochromidae & Oxycarenidae) new to the Pacific Northwest
LaGasa E., Murray T. 2007. Proceedings, 66th Annual Pacific Northwest Insect Management Conference, Jan. 8-9, 2007: 5-6.
3.Gogala A. (2014) Heteroptera of Slovenia
4.Alien true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Canada: composition and adaptations
Scudder G.G.E., Foottit R.G. 2006. The Canadian Entomologist 138: 24-51.