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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
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.