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Species Stenotus binotatus - Two-spotted Grass Bug

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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 Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Mirinae
Tribe Mirini
Genus Stenotus
Species binotatus (Two-spotted Grass Bug)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stenotus binotatus (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Lygaeus binotatus Fabricius 1794
1 Nearctic sp. (1)
6-7.5 mm
overall light greenish or yellowish; front of head black, top of head green; pronotum with two large black spots shaped like elongated semicircles with a straight edge anteriorly; each hemelytron with two oblique black streaks, the more distal streak extending to inner angle of cuneus; scutellum unmarked, bordered laterally by black, and usually brighter than pronotum or hemelytra; cuneus unmarked; membranous tips of hemelytra blackish, giving the bug a "black-tailed" appearance
e NA to BC-OR (BC-NS-GA-KS) (1)(BG data)
native to the Palaearctic(2), adventive and widespread in NA(3)
fields, meadows
May-July (BG data)
earliest NA record: MA, pre-1878(3)
See Also
Ilnacora malina (see original description, as Sthenarops malina, pp.8-9) is similar but has the following differences: overall deep green color, top of head with roundish large black shield, pronotum yellowish anteriorly, black spots on pronotum round (not elongated with a straight anterior edge), scutellum with black spot in middle near base, and the more distal of the two black streaks on each hemelytron runs parallel to the costa (not obliquely to the inner angle of the cuneus) - see photo
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.Keys to the insects of the Far East of the USSR, Vol. 2. Homoptera and Heteroptera
Lehr, P. A., ed. 1988. Leningrad, Nauka Publishing House.
3.Alien true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Canada: composition and adaptations
Scudder G.G.E., Foottit R.G. 2006. Can. Entomol. 138: 24-51.