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Species Closterotomus norvegicus - Potato Bug

small Hemipteran of some kind. - Closterotomus norvegicus Closterotomus norvegicus Something in Heteroptera? - Closterotomus norvegicus Insect - Closterotomus norvegicus Green Beetle Weevil ? - Closterotomus norvegicus 8053 - Closterotomus norvegicus green mirid - Closterotomus norvegicus Mirid bug - Closterotomus norvegicus
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
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Mirinae
Tribe Mirini
Genus Closterotomus
Species norvegicus (Potato Bug)
Other Common Names
Potato Capsid, Strawberry Bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Calocoris norvegicus Gmelin 1790
6-8 mm
Adult: mostly green above, with two small black dots on anterior half of pronotum near midline; scutellum with dark marks at base (sometimes lacking); hemelytra of some specimens has reddish-brown tint; membranous portion of forewing fuscous, giving a "dark-tailed" appearance; length of second antennal segment approximately equal to third and fourth combined; spines on hind tibia shorter than width of tibia
native to w. Palaearctic, adventive elsewhere; in our area, e. & w. NA (earliest record: QC 1886)(1)
meadows, hedgerows, weedy fields
adults present from May to October in Europe
alfalfa, white clover, and lotus seed crops in New Zealand; a key pest of pistachios in CA; also reported on nettle, poppy, thistle and other Asteraceae
earliest NA record: QC, pre-1886(1)
See Also
Alfalfa Plant Bug (Adelphocoris lineolatus) has dark lines down center of scutellum, black spots on pronotum are widely spaced and on posterior half, dark line along inner margin of forewing, and spines on rear tibia are equal to or greater than width of tibia(2)
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