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Leaffooted Bug in California (November) - Chariesterus balli

Leaffooted Bug in California (November) - Chariesterus balli
Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
November 5, 2005
I was going through some of my old image files and came across these pics of what looks to me like a member of the Coreidae family (Leaffooted Bugs). After searching the Guide, the best match I could come up with was Chariesterus antenna*tor (Euphor*bia Bug), but the range does not seem to extend into California. After exploring an extremely helpful link (provided via Robin McLeod -- thanks!) to a PDF of NA Chariesterus Species, I am thinking that perhaps these are images of C. balli. According to the PDF, this species should occur regularly in California and is characterized by having multispinose humeri. There is more info. regarding the shape of the antellal segments and also the (not visible) metasternal ostiole. If someone would be willing to check my photos against the key in this PDF, I would be very curious to learn whether this is indeed C. balli.

I fear I am quite the beginner at all this and may be incorrect... but if I'm right, it would be a new species addition to the Guide!

Images of this individual: tag all
Leaffooted Bug in California (November) - Chariesterus balli Leaffooted Bug in California (November) - Chariesterus balli

That is fantastic! My gratitude to "v belov", Dr. Harry Brailovsky, "drswanny", and Boris Buche (thank you for creating the new guide page) for their assistance in procuring an ID.

(Oh, and a special little thank you to my mother-in-law... her fantastic garden was the host for this and many other wonderful insects I have had the pleasure of photographing.)

take steps to declare her property a protected area. and keep posting your fine work. =v=

great addition!
I checked the key - no doubt about the identity.

Chariesterus balli Fracker
The characters you mentioned are correct. The flaring multispinose humeri of this species are distinct among the 4 US species. The concavity in the antennal dilation is also visible. That coupled with Dr. Brailovsky's opinion = new guide page!

opinion of Dr. Harry Brailovsky:
"Seems like Ch. balli Fracker known from California"

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