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Species Closterocoris amoenus

colorful bug - Closterocoris amoenus Alydid nymph? - Closterocoris amoenus Miridae - Closterocoris amoenus Pretty Mirid...Joyce's Find - Closterocoris amoenus unknown hemipteran - Closterocoris amoenus insect - Closterocoris amoenus Plant bug - Closterocoris amoenus Closterocoris amoenus? - Closterocoris amoenus
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 Herdoniini
Genus Closterocoris
Species amoenus (Closterocoris amoenus)
Explanation of Names
Closterocoris amoenus (Provancher 1887)
amoenus = 'pretty'
Identification
Adults are distinctively colored/patterned:
   
Nymphs (immatures) appear "ant-like":
   
Range
sw. US (CA-AZ-CO-KS) & Mex. (1); CA to nw. Mex. - Map (2)
Season
Apr-Aug in Calif. (BG data)
Food
This "Discover Life" web page lists "host plant" info (or perhaps simply "associated plants"?) for C. amoenus, culled from museum specimen labels.
For plant associations observed on BugGuide & iNaturalist (some presumably larval host plants, others perhaps accidental?)...see comments here and here.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)