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Species Melanopleurus belfragei

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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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Lygaeinae
Genus Melanopleurus
Species belfragei (Melanopleurus belfragei)
Other Common Names
Redcoat Seed Bug
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanopleurus belfragei (Stål)
Orig. Comb: Lygaeus (Melanopleurus) Belfrageii [sic] Stål, 1874
Explanation of Names
Patronym for entomologist Gustave W. Belfrage (1834–1882). On January 4, 1867, he moved to Texas near present day Fort Hood and began collecting insect there. He sold most of his collected insects to the Swedish Academy of Science at Stockholm.
9 spp. n. of Mex. (1)

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2013
CA to c. TX / Mex (1)(BG data)
Type Locality: Texas
Feeds on Asteraceae (=Compositae) (Merrill Sweet, pers. comm.)
I have seen specimens labeled "Melanopleurus bicolor H.-S." (described from Brazil) that look just like M. belfragei. (Merrill Sweet, pers. comm.)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.