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Species Polymerus basalis

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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 Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Mirinae
Tribe Mirini
Genus Polymerus
Species basalis (Polymerus basalis)
Other Common Names
Red-spotted Aster Mirid (RSAM)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Poeciloscytus basalis Reuter
Explanation of Names
Polymerus basalis (Reuter 1876)
QC-ON to FL-CA & Mexico(1)
most abundant in the fall (Snodgrass et al. 1984)
Feeds mostly on Asteraceae (Snodgrass et al. 1984)
Print References
Snodgrass G.L., Scott W.P., Smith J.W. (1984) Host plants of Taylorilygus pallidulus and Polymerus basalis (Hemiptera: Miridae) in the Delta of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Florida Entomologist 67: 402-408. Full text
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.