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Species Stenopoda spinulosa

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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 Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Stenopodainae
Genus Stenopoda
Species spinulosa (Stenopoda spinulosa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Often reported from the US in the past as S. cinerea. The actual S. cinerea (separated mostly by genital morphology) does not range into the US(1)
Explanation of Names
Stenopoda spinulosa Giacchi 1969
Size
22-30 mm(2)
Identification
Very large, straw-colored/grayish. Note these features (2) :
antennomeres 3 & 4, stripes on wing membrane, a patch on wing (anterior to membrane) are dark brown to black
front femora armed with prominent tubercles, in addition to hairs
brachypterous females (images here & here) larger than winged ones(3)
Range
NS-FL to KS-TX(2)(4)
Habitat
Perhaps rather arboreal(3)
Food
especially caterpillars(3)
Remarks
"...lurks about the branches and twigs of trees, watching for caterpillars and other insects upon which to leap and transfix with the curved acute rostrum, and while holding one between the fore femora and tibiae, soon sucks it to death." (Uhler 1884, fide Blatchley(3))
Works Cited
1.Revisión del género Stenopoda Laporte, 1833 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Stenopodainae)
Giacchi J.C. 1969. Physis 29: 1-26.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.Heteroptera of Eastern North America
W.S. Blatchley. 1926. The Nature Publishing Company.
4.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.