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

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, 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

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Genus Lygaeus

Possibly an Hemiptera - Lygaeus orange / black beetle - Lygaeus small milkweed bug nymph - Lygaeus kalmii Small Milkweed bug - Lygaeus kalmii Hemiptera - Lygaeus kalmii Small Milkweed Bug? - Lygaeus kalmii False Milkweed Bug - Lygaeus turcicus False milkweed bug? - Lygaeus turcicus
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 Lygaeidae (Seed Bugs)
Subfamily Lygaeinae
Genus Lygaeus
Explanation of Names
Lygaeus Fabricius 1794
Numbers
6-7 spp. in our area(1)(BG data), 16 in the New World(2), 70 total(3)
Size
6.5-13.0 mm(2)
Range
worldwide except Australian Region(2)
Remarks
Lygaeus seem to be somewhat solitary and are frequently photographed singly or in mating pairs, whereas Oncopeltus are often seen in colonies, especially in the nymphal stage.