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Genus Fitchia

Assassin Bug - Fitchia aptera - male Blue-eyed Assassin - Fitchia aptera True Bugs (Heteroptera) - ID Request - Fitchia aptera Fitchia aptera Fitchia aptera Reduviid b - Fitchia spinosula Reduviidae - Fitchia Fitchia
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
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Harpactorinae
Tribe Harpactorini
Genus Fitchia
Explanation of Names
Fitchia Stål 1859
2 spp. in our area(1)
~12-14 mm
pronotum in F. aptera has no spines; in F. spinulosa has spines or tubercles
Print References
for NC, Brimley lists one F. aptera record (Sandhills, April) and F. spinulosa from several localities (Oct-Mar)(2)
Internet References
Evaluation of Characters to Distinguish Fitchia aptera and F. spinosula (Heteroptera: Reduviidae)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.