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Species Emblethis vicarius - Sand Bug

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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 Gonianotini
Genus Emblethis
Species vicarius (Sand Bug)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Emblethis arenarius Uhler 1872, Gonianotus marginepunctatus Uhler 1878, Emblethis griseus Forbes 1900
Explanation of Names
Emblethis vicarius Horváth 1908
6-7 mm
color highly variable: coarse dark punctures strongly contrasting with pale yellowish or gray ground color, the mix of yellow and blackish spots on a pale background gives an overall medium brown appearance; tips of hemelytra clear or unspotted pale gray, contrasting with remainder of dorsal surface
widespread in the New World (so. Canada to South America)(1)
open sandy habitats such as gravel pits, parking lots, sandy fields, roadsides, beaches above high tide line(2)
reported to feed on cow droppings
Life Cycle
two generations per year in the north - perhaps year-round breeding in Florida; overwinters as an adult(2)
Reported to be parasitized by Phasia aldrichii (Townsend). (3)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.The Lygaeidae of Florida (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae).
Slater & Baranowski. 1990. Florida Dept. of Ag. and Consumer Services, Gainesville. xv + 211 pp.
3.A host-parasite catalog of North American Tachinidae (Diptera)
Arnaud P.H. 1978. USDA Miscellaneous Publication 1319: 1–860.