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Systelloderes sp., Enicocephalidae - Unique-headed Bug - Systelloderes

Systelloderes sp., Enicocephalidae - Unique-headed Bug - Systelloderes
Porterville, Tulare County, California, USA
November 17, 2008
Size: 3.5 mm.
This was the first time I had seen these. They were abundant on a yellow panel trap.

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Systelloderes sp., Enicocephalidae - Unique-headed Bug - Systelloderes Systelloderes sp., Enicocephalidae - Unique-headed Bug - Systelloderes Systelloderes sp., Enicocephalidae - Unique-headed Bug - Systelloderes

Yes...
Difficult to distinguish the genus from these photos, but at the very least, this can be placed in the family Enicocephalidae. These hemipterans are rarely seen. Nice find.

 
The traps are changed every t
The traps are changed every two weeks, and this was only time that any were caught. It must have been a nuptial flight. There are 50 on the trap.

 
Yeah...
...either that or they were all confused by the light. I'm not sure what they feed on, but they are predaceous.

 
They showed up on the yellow
They showed up on the yellow panel traps again around the first of April. This time they were in traps from several different cities in the area.

 
They continued to show up on
They continued to show up on the traps all summer and into October at production nurseries. Now that the weather has turned chilly (nights in the low 30's) they have apparently stopped flying. Next season I will have to try and find out what they're up to.

sweet!
(despite the pic quality, that is :)

 
I reshot the pictures and I t
I reshot the pictures and I think they are acceptable now.

 
thanks -- really nice!
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