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Species Rhyparochromus vulgaris

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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 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)
7-8 mm(1)
native to Europe, recently introduced to NA (Seattle, WA area)(2)(LaGasa 2006)
on the ground and on tree trunks(3); tends to congregate around buildings late in the season seeking shelter
various seeds(3)
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)