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Species Elasmostethus cruciatus - Red-Cross Shield Bug

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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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Pentatomoidea
Family Acanthosomatidae (Shield Bugs)
Genus Elasmostethus
Species cruciatus (Red-Cross Shield Bug)
Explanation of Names
Elasmostethus cruciatus (Say 1831)
cruciatus 'crossed' (refers to dorsal markings)
Size
8-10 mm(1)
Range
transcontinental in the north south to n.GA, TX-NM & CA(2)(3)(4)
Food
host: alder (Alnus, Betulaceae)(1)
Life Cycle
overwinters as adults beneath leaf litter, bark, etc.
Works Cited
1.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
2.The Heteroptera (Hemiptera) of North Dakota I: Pentatomomorpha: Pentatomoidea
Rider D.A. 2012. Great Lakes Entomologist 45: 312-380.
3.The Acanthosomatidae (Heteroptera) of North America
Thomas D.B., Jr. 1991. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 67(3): 159-170.
4.Additional provincial and state records for Heteroptera (Hemiptera) in Canada and the United States
Scudder G.G.E. 2012. J. Ent. Soc. Brit. Columbia 109: 55-69.