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Genus Hesperocorixa

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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 Nepomorpha (Aquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Corixoidea
Family Corixidae (Water Boatmen)
Subfamily Corixinae
Tribe Corixini
Genus Hesperocorixa
Explanation of Names
Hesperocorixa Kirkaldy 1908
~20 spp. in our area(1), ~40 total(2)
most are 8‒9 mm(3)
The pronotum and the fore wings usually show some rugose areas and the male front tibiae always has a bundle of spine hairs near the apex(3)
key to 11 spp. recorded in IL in (4)
most of NA(5)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
4.Three aquatic true bugs (Hem.: Heteroptera) newly reported in Illinois, with keys to Hesperocorixa (Corixidae) and Notonectidae
Swanson D.R., Bilger E.E. 2021. Ent. News 130: 1‒18.
5.Aquatic Insects of North America
R. W. Merritt, K. W. Cummins, M.B. Berg. 2008. Kendall/Hunt.