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Species Protenor belfragei

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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 Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Alydidae (Broad-headed Bugs)
Subfamily Micrelytrinae
Tribe Micrelytrini
Genus Protenor
Species belfragei (Protenor belfragei)
Explanation of Names
Protenor belfragei Haglund 1868
12-15 mm(1)
characteristics distinguishing from P. australis: head less than one-fourth longer than pronotum; upper and lower pair of apical processes of cheeks contiguous or nearly so throughout their length (2)

Brailovsky (2019)(3) separates our two spp. thusly:
In P. australis the dorsal and ventral apical processes of the jugum are strongly divergent from one another, the antennal segments I–III usually densely clothed with long erect setae, and the jugum is shorter in lateral view (1.04 mm in males, 1.20 mm in females).
In P. belfragei the dorsal and ventral apical processes of the jugum are porrect and contiguous throughout their length, antennal segments I–III clothed with medium size and sparse erect setae, and the jugum is longer in lateral view (1.08 mm in males, 1.40 mm in females). (3)
unfortunately, Brailovsky(3) only illustrates P. belfragei spmns (Figs. 11, 24, 37).
mostly NS to n. Great Plains, also in TX - Map (4)(5), but GBIF data (including from TAMUIC) suggests that the disjunct TX-MX distribution may be Protenor australis Hussey
sedge meadows, marshes, wet grassy areas bordering lakes
Life Cycle

"on animal dropping, likely from a fox"
Type Locality: Illinois
Internet References
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Heteroptera of Eastern North America
W.S. Blatchley. 1926. The Nature Publishing Company.
3.Illustrated identification key to the genera of New World Micrelytrini (Hemiptera: Alydidae: Micrelytrinae)...
Brailovsky, H. 2019. Zootaxa 4668 (3): 393-409.
4.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
5.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)