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Genus Melanopleurus

Melanopleurus on Baccharis sergiloides - Melanopleurus belfragei Lygaeid long and short-wings bugs - Melanopleurus tenor - male - female Winner of the Seed Bug 500! - Melanopleurus pyrrhopterus Lygaeid long and short-wings bugs - Melanopleurus tenor - male - female Unidentified Bug - Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus belfragei Seed Bug - Melanopleurus tenor
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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Lygaeinae
Genus Melanopleurus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
most spp. treated as Melanopleurus in (1) have been moved to Melacoryphus(2)
Explanation of Names
Melanopleurus Stål 1874
3 spp. in our area(3), ~20 total(2)
4-10 mm(2)
New World genus with highly endemic ranges scattered from so.-c. Canada and sw. US to Peru & W. Indies(2)
our spp.:
M. belfragei (Stål) CA-TX
M. bicolor (Herrich-Schaeffer) CA-AZ, TX [fig. 17]
M. pyrrhopterus (Stål) w NA [fig. 6]
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.A Genus Level Revision of Western Hemisphere Lygaeinae (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) with Keys to Species
Alex Slater. 1992. University of Kansas Science Bulletin.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.