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Species Fitchia aptera

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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
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Harpactorinae
Tribe Harpactorini
Genus Fitchia
Species aptera (Fitchia aptera)
Explanation of Names
Fitchia aptera Stål 1859
Size
12-14 mm(1)
Identification
Yellowish, with distinctive dark stripe running down middle of the dorsum. Usually micropterous with the wings reduced to tiny pads; macropterous form rare.
The only other North America species, F. spinulosa has two short spines or tubercles on the hind lobe of the pronotum.(1)
Range
NB-ON & e. US west to UT-TX; uncommon(2)(1)
Habitat
on the ground about grass clumps in old fields(1)
Season
May-Jul, Sep-Oct in MN
Internet References
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.