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Species Wheelerodemus muhlenbergiae

Wheelerodemus muhlenbergiae Henry and Sweet - Wheelerodemus muhlenbergiae - male
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 Wheelerodemus
Species muhlenbergiae (Wheelerodemus muhlenbergiae)
Explanation of Names
Wheelerodemus muhlenbergiae Henry and Sweet, 2015
named for its the host plant genus Muhlenbergia (1)
Length: males 3.3–3.85 mm
females 3.9–4.8 mm (1)
sc OK, wc. TX (1)
Arbuckle Mountains, OK and Edward’s Plateau, TX (1)
mostly Apr-May, less common in June (1)
Life Cycle
collected on Muhlenbergia lindheimeri and M. reverchonii (Poaceae) (1)
Lindheimer's muhly - M. lindheimeri - endemic to the Edwards Plateau of c. TX - Map - USDA Plants DB
seep muhly - M. reverchonii - c. TX to sc. OK - Map - USDA Plants DB, see Oklahoma Vascular Plants Database for distribution in sc. OK.
All specimens from Oklahoma were taken on M. reverchonii, a short bushy grass, whereas those in Texas were collected mostly on the much larger M. lindheimeri, with only a few found on the co-occurring M. reverchonii. (1)
Works Cited
1.Wheelerodemus muhlenbergiae, a new genus and new species of Blissidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Lygaeoidea) from Okla. and Texas.
Henry, T.J., Sweet, M.H. 2015. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 117(2): 151-161.