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Genus Jalysus

Jalysus Unknown Insect - Jalysus wickhami Berytidae - species? - Jalysus stilt bug - Jalysus spinosus Unknown Leggy Fly? - Jalysus - male - female Berytid - Jalysus Stilt bug on purpletop spikelets - Jalysus Stilt bug on purpletop spikelets - Jalysus
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 Berytidae (Stilt Bugs)
Subfamily Metacanthinae
Genus Jalysus
Explanation of Names
Jalysus Stål 1862
Numbers
4 spp. in our area, 12 total(1)
Size
7‒9 mm(2)
Identification
Species identification based on microscopc detail(3). Genus' characteristics: antennomere iv longer than head, abdomen impunctate underneath, groove between procoxae, scent gland with projecting spine and groove running along one side of the spine, not twisted

hints how to tell apart the two widespread spp.
Range
mostly neotropcal(1); in our area, J. wickhami is widespread, J. spinosus is eastern (both are common), 2 more spp. in TX/AZ(1)
Food
known to feed on moth eggs, e.g., those of Heliothis virescens (Fact sheet)
Works Cited
1.Dellapé P.M., Henry T.J. (2016) Lygaeoidea species file. Version 5.0
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.