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Species Acanthocephala thomasi - Giant Agave Bug

Acanthocephala thomasi Giant Agave Bug - Acanthocephala thomasi Bug on Cactus - Acanthocephala thomasi Acanthocephala thomasi nymph? - Acanthocephala thomasi Assassin bug species? - Acanthocephala thomasi Male, Acanthocephala thomasi? - Acanthocephala thomasi - male Male, Acanthocephala thomasi? - Acanthocephala thomasi - male Acanthocephala thomasi
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 Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Acanthocephalini
Genus Acanthocephala
Species thomasi (Giant Agave Bug)
Explanation of Names
Acanthocephala thomasi (Uhler 1872)
Size
24-31 mm(1)
Identification
Apical segment of antennae bright orange, remaining segments dark; metatibial flange parallel-sided and extending the length of tibia; humeral angles relatively small (greatly expanded in A. declivis); this combination of 3 characters is diagnostic. Males have greatly swollen hind femora bearing at least one large spike; females have slender hind femora bearing several small spikes.
Range
sw. US (CA-TX)(1)
Season
Apr-Oct in NM(1)
Works Cited
1.Review of Acanthocephala (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae) of America north of Mexico with a key to species
McPherson J.E., Packauskas R.J., Sites R.W., Taylor S.J., Bundy C.S., Bradshaw J.D., Mitchell P.L. 2011. Zootaxa 2835: 30-40.