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Genus Lygaeus

Small milkweed bug - Lygaeus kalmii Red, black, gray - Lygaeus kalmii Lygaeus kalmii nymph? - Lygaeus kalmii Small milkweed bug ? - Lygaeus kalmii insect on prairie - Lygaeus kalmii mating false milkweed bugs - Lygaeus turcicus - male - female Small Milkweed Bug? - Lygaeus kalmii Lygaeus kalmii
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 spp. in our area(1), 16 in the New World(2), 24 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.
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.
2.A Genus Level Revision of Western Hemisphere Lygaeinae (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae) with Keys to Species
Alex Slater. 1992. University of Kansas Science Bulletin.
3.The Lygaeidae of Florida (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae).
Slater & Baranowski. 1990. Florida Dept. of Ag. and Consumer Services, Gainesville. xv + 211 pp.