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Genus Lygaeus

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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.