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Species Oncerotrachelus acuminatus

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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 Saicinae
Genus Oncerotrachelus
Species acuminatus (Oncerotrachelus acuminatus)
Explanation of Names
Oncerotrachelus acuminatus (Say 1832)
Size
4-7 mm(1)
Identification
"Elongate-oblong, widest behind the middle of abdomen. Dull reddish-brown, the elytra in great part, scutellum and middle of hind lobe of pronotum fuscous-brown; antennae tinged with fuscous, the basal joint paler; sides of under surface fuscous-brown. Body above, antennae and legs thickly clothed with fine erect hairs, the joints of antennae gradually decreasing in length and thickness from the base. Pronotum smooth, its hind lobe with humeral angles convex, the impressed line of front lobe terminating in a fovea on middle of hind one. Scutellum tricarinate, the carinae merging to form the long terminal spine. Elytra gradually widening behind the middle, their tips broadly rounded, reaching or slightly surpassing tip of abdomen. It is often attracted to light, but occurs mainly beneath cover in moist places; in Indiana hibernating in colonies beneath logs and other cover, as many as 50 having been so found at one time. In Florida it has been sifted from tufts of grass in sandy roads and from weed debris along the margins of ponds.... Uhler (1884, 279) says that: 'Numerous individuals may sometimes be found among rubbish and weeds in low grounds or on the edges of stubble, during late summer and autumn. When pursued they often set the basal joint of the antennae back and erect the following one as if in the act of listening.'"(2)
Range
e. US (NY-FL to KS-TX)(3)
Habitat
in debris and moist places(1)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Heteroptera of Eastern North America
W.S. Blatchley. 1926. The Nature Publishing Company.
3.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.