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Species Plagiognathus shoshonea

Mirid - Plagiognathus shoshonea
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 Phylinae
Tribe Phylini
Subtribe Oncotylina
Genus Plagiognathus
Species shoshonea (Plagiognathus shoshonea)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Knight, 1964
Synonym: P. geranii Knight, 1964
4.74-5.27 mm (male), 4.59-4.79 (female) (1)
Recognized by
1) Very large size and heavy body;
2) Exocorium and clavus usually mostly pale and contrasting with endocorium, forming a linear pattern of coloration (less frequently dorsum entirely dark or entirely pale, yellowish);
3) Dull surface of dorsum;
4) Pronotum at least partly pale;
5) Antennae entirely black; and
6) Vestiture of the dorsum recumbent, weakly woolly, golden, shining. (1)

"Pattern of coloration similar to that of lineatus and moerens; distinguished from moerens by the dull surface of the dorsum and the shining, weakly woolly vestiture rather than black bristles; most easily separated from lineatus by the much larger size of shoshonea." (1)
Montane regions in the Rocky Mountain system, ranging from British Columbia and Alberta in the north to Nevada and Colorado in the south. (1)