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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)
Identification

det. tom murray, 2009
Range
southern Can, n. US, mountainous west, Appalachians, otherwise absent from e. US (see BG data) (1)(2)(3)(4)
Season
mostly May-Oct (BG data)
Food
host: alder - Alnus (Betulaceae)(1)
Life Cycle
overwinters as an adult 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 Acanthosomatidae (Heteroptera) of North America
Thomas D.B., Jr. 1991. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 67(3): 159-170.
3.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.
4.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.