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Species Pyrrhocoris apterus - Firebug

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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 Pyrrhocoroidea
Family Pyrrhocoridae (Red Bugs)
Genus Pyrrhocoris
Species apterus (Firebug)
Explanation of Names
Pyrrhocoris apterus (Linnaeus 1758)
Size
8.5-10 mm(1)
Range
Native to the Palaearctic (Europe to Mongolia & China). Adventive in our area (established in Salt Lake County, UT) (Holtz 2009). As of 2018, it has evidently also become established in Ontario, Canada (images submitted to BG, iNaturalist and whatsthatbug.com).
Food
on mallows (Malva, Malvaceae) and linden (Tilia, Tiliaceae) (Holtz 2009)
Remarks
First recorded in 1896 in New Jersey. Journal of New York Entomological Society
Print References
Holtz T. (2009) Pyrrhocoris apterus Linnaeus: fire bug (Hemiptera/Pyrrhocoridae). NPAG Report 20090130: 1-5 (Full text)
Internet References
Species page (Bantock & Botting 2010)(1)