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Species Megalopsallus ephedrae

Megalopsallus ephedrae - female Megalopsallus ephedrae - female Megalopsallus ephedrae - female Megalopsallus ephedrae - male Megalopsallus ephedrae - male Megalopsallus ephedrae - male
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 Phylinae
Tribe Nasocorini
Genus Megalopsallus
Species ephedrae (Megalopsallus ephedrae)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megalopsallus ephedrae (Knight), Schuh, 2000 (current name)
Merinocapsus ephedrae Knight, 1968 (synonym)
Explanation of Names
Named for the host plants, Ephedra spp.
Size
male 3.41-4.32 mm; female 2.98-3.22(1)
Identification
Red-tinged pale to bright red hemelytra, contrasting with dark scutellum and pronotum; femora and tibiae more or less unicolorous (M. froeschneri looks similar in other respects, but has distal portion of femora and all of tibiae pale).(1)
Range
CA, NV, UT; Mexico: Baja California Norte(1)
Habitat
on Ephedra spp.(1)
Season
Apr-Jul