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Genus Leptopterna

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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
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Mirinae
Tribe Stenodemini
Genus Leptopterna
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leptoterna [incorrect spelling]
Explanation of Names
Leptopterna Fieber 1858
Numbers
3 species (dolabrata, ferrugata, amoena) in our area, 16 total(1)
Size
7-10 mm
Range
amoena (=silacea): Nearctic
dolabrata, ferrugata: Holarctic
remaining 13 spp. Palaeactic (1)
Habitat
fields, meadows
Food
mainly grasses; vetch and cranberry also reported as hosts
Works Cited
1.The genus Leptopterna Fieber (Heteroptera:Miridae: Stenodemini) in North America
G.G.E. Scudder and Michael D. Schwartz. 2001. Entomological Society of Washington.