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Family Polyctenidae - Bat Bugs

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 Cimicoidea
Family Polyctenidae (Bat Bugs)
Explanation of Names
Polyctenidae Westwood 1874
Numbers
2 spp. in a single genus in our area, 32 spp. in 5 genera of 2 subfamilies total(1)
Range
circumtropical: the nominate subfamily (Polyctenidae) Palaeotropical, the Hesperocteninae (1 genus) Neotropical (ranging into so. CA & so. TX)(1)
Food
hosts: bats; in our area, Molassidae(2)
Works Cited
1.Checklist of World Polyctenidae (Hempitera: Cimicoidea)
Dick C.W. 2007.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.