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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Melanopleurus

Melanopleurus belfragei ID confirmation or other - Melanopleurus belfragei Bug - Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus? - Melanopleurus pyrrhopterus Melanopleurus? - Melanopleurus pyrrhopterus Melanopleurus? - Melanopleurus pyrrhopterus Mating bugs? - Melanopleurus fuscosus - male - female Melanopleurus belfragei Melanopleurus belfragei
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.