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Heteroptera ID request - Sericophanes heidemanni

Heteroptera ID request - Sericophanes heidemanni
Pitkin, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA
July 25, 2019
Size: ~ 4-5 mm
At lights, collateral extra-invert while shooting a large moth which at the time, seemed much more interesting. I see now that I was wrong, terribly wrong.
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Allen Acres

Moved from Sericophanes.

Thanks Valerie!


Moved from Sericophanes.

You're bolder than I am :)
I agree that it looks a lot like the images in the Guide; however, there are evidently eight species in our area, and BG has representatives of only two of them.

Bravery came from...
... seeing the match of the flagellomeres and legs in addition to the more obvious similarities.
... and ignorance about the other eight spp. :-)
I'll move it back pending further developments.

It's really your call...
If you think it's a good match, feel free to keep it at the species level (plenty of others have done so). Anyone who looks at the pic and sees this little discussion will know that the ID might best be considered tentative.

pretty safe ID
After checking Henry & Froeschner, it seems that all but S. heidemanni have more restricted ranges and are not found near Louisiana. There are 3 others known from TX, but two of those are from far west; S. ocellatus is recorded from College Station but has more of a light band across the middle rather than spots (I could only find a B&W image, so can't compare colors). Perusing the references on AMNH PBI, the color patterns on various species are rather easy to recognize and are not particularly cryptic. I would suggest placing this with the similar images at species level.

Sericophanes heidemanni?

Thank you both
New for Louisiana, and a happy find for the Gathering

Moved from True Bugs.

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