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Species Elasmucha lateralis

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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 Pentatomoidea
Family Acanthosomatidae (Shield Bugs)
Genus Elasmucha
Species lateralis (Elasmucha lateralis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elasmucha lateralis (Say)
Orig. Comb: Edessa lateralis Say 1831
7-9mm (1)
Yellowish-green color in the living; dull yellow in specimens. Surface has reddish brown patches (1)
across Canada & n. US, south to SC in the east at higher elevations(2)(3)
birch seems to be a preferred host (leaves, catkins), but adults may occur on other plants as well(2)
Life Cycle
bivoltine; overwinters as adults(2)
one of the few N. Amer. pentatomoids in which the female broods the eggs and guards the young nymphs (2)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
3.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.