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Genus Lygaeus

insect on ox eye - Lygaeus turcicus bee feast or what? - Lygaeus kalmii False Milkweed Bug - Lygaeus turcicus Small Milkweed Bug - Lygaeus kalmii or reclivatus? - Lygaeus kalmii Beetle? - Lygaeus kalmii false milkweed bug - Lygaeus turcicus Mystery orange beetle - Lygaeus turcicus Lygaeus kalmii
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
6-7 spp. in our area(1)(BG data), 16 in the New World(2), 70 total(3)
6.5-13.0 mm(2)
worldwide except Australian Region(2)
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.