Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events


Species Chelinidea vittiger - Cactus Coreid

coreid - Chelinidea vittiger - male - female Cactus Coreid - Chelinidea vittiger hemipteran - Chelinidea vittiger Cactus Coreid?  - Chelinidea vittiger freshly moutled Chelinidea vittiger - Chelinidea vittiger Nymph 3, Chelinidea vittiger? - Chelinidea vittiger Female, Chelinidea vittiger? - Chelinidea vittiger - female Female, Chelinidea vittiger? - Chelinidea vittiger - female
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 Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Chelinideini
Genus Chelinidea
Species vittiger (Cactus Coreid)
Explanation of Names
Chelinidea vittiger Uhler 1863
vittiger 'stripe-bearing'
Adults 12-15 mm(1)
QC-VA-FL to SK-AB-OR-CA & Mexico(2)(3)
prickly pear cacti, Opuntia spp.
Life Cycle
First eggs are laid in March, longitudinally on the underside of prickly pear spines. The egg laying period in each generation extends over 2-3 months, the rate of nymphal development varies considerably; adults long-lived (9-12 months).
represented in se. US by the ssp. C. v. aequoris
introduced to Australia to combat the invasive prickly pear cacti (proven ineffective)
Print References
DeVol JE, Goeden RD. (1973) Biology of Chelinidea vittiger with notes on its host-plant relationships and value in biological weed control. Envir. Entomol. 2: 231-240.
Internet References
Featured Creatures (Mead & Herring 2014)(4)