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Species Megalopsallus sparsus

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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 Phylinae
Tribe Nasocorini
Genus Megalopsallus
Species sparsus (Megalopsallus sparsus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Europiella sparsa Van Duzee, 1918 (original comb.)
Megalopsallus sparsus (Van Duzee): Schuh et al. 1995 (current comb.)
Europiella stitti Knight, 1968, synonymized by Schuh 2000
Megalopsallus stitti (Knight): Schuh et al. 1995 (new comb.)
Europiella franseriae Knight, 1969, synonymized by Schuh 2000
Megalopsallus franseriae (Knight): Schuh et al. 1995 (new comb.)
Explanation of Names
spars- (L.) = thin, scattered(1)
Identification
"Recognized among small, at least partly greenish, Megalopsallus species by gray to black eyes and frequently dark head, anterior lobe of pronotum, and mesoscutum. Thoracic pleuron and venter and abdominal venter infuscate in male, pale in female. Most easily confused with parapunctipes and punctipes on basis of size, sexual dimorphism, general coloration, and host associations. Male genitalia distinctive."(2)
Range
"Western North America from Alberta and Saskatchewan south to Baja California."(2)
Food
Atriplex sp.(2)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Revision of the North American plant bug genus Megalopsallus Knight, with the description of eight new species from the West...
Schuh R.T. 2000. American Museum Novitates 3305: 69 pp.