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Family Piesmatidae - Ash-gray Leaf Bugs

Piesmatidae - Parapiesma cinereum Ashy-gray Leaf Bug in California Piesmatidae, dorsal - Parapiesma cinereum Piesmatidae, ventral - Parapiesma cinereum Bug from amaranth inflorescence - Parapiesma Bug under Bark Parapiesma? - Parapiesma Parapiesma cinereum? - Parapiesma
Classification
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 Lygaeoidea
Family Piesmatidae (Ash-gray Leaf Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
all of our species are now in Parapiesma, EXCEPT Piesma costatum (Uhler) and P. patruele McAtee, which have indistinct pronotal carinae. --T.J. Henry, pers.comm. to =v= 3.iv.2012
Numbers
7 spp. in 2 genera in our area(1), ~44 spp. in 6 genera worldwide(2)
Range
worldwide (mostly tropics) and across NA(1)(2)
Food
phytophagous, feed on leaves, stems and flowers; hosts include species of the Amaranthaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Cistaceae, and Fabaceae(2)
See Also
Print References
(3)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Zoological catalogue of Australia: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha)
Cassis G., Gross G.F. 2002. CSIRO Publishing, 751 pp.
3.The morphology and systematics of the Piesmatidae (Hemiptera), with keys to world genera and American species
Drake, C.J. and N.T. Davis. 1958. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 51: 567-581.