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Species Plagiognathus politus

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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 Phylinae
Tribe Phylini
Subtribe Oncotylina
Genus Plagiognathus
Species politus (Plagiognathus politus)
Explanation of Names
Plagiognathus politus Uhler 1895
politus 'polished'
3.4–4.1 mm(1)
Recognized unequivocally by the serrate margin of the vesical flange; dorsum convexly rounded, pronotum declivent; and dorsum clothed with recumbent, golden, shining, simple setae. Occurring as distinctive early- and late-season color morphs: early-season morph with dorsum, antennae, and all but apex of femora castaneous, cuneus with a pale lunate marking at base and posterior margin of vertex pale;

late-season morph with scutellum golden, often with midline of scutellum and additional areas of dorsum, including base of corium and cuneus, also golden; femora partially to largely golden. (1)
e. NA(1)
most common Jun-Jul(2)
probably breeds primarily on Asteraceae, but recorded from a variety of plants including milkweed(3); known to feed on animal material(1)