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Subfamily Lygaeinae

Small + Large Milkweed Bugs - Lygaeus kalmii Large Milkweed Bug nymph emerging, D - Oncopeltus fasciatus Unknown Invert 0131 - Oncopeltus fasciatus Oncopeltus sexmaculatus - moult series - Oncopeltus sexmaculatus Oncopeltus sexmaculatus Small Milkweed Bug (Lygaeus kalmii)? - Lygaeus kalmii Lygaeus turcicus? - Lygaeus turcicus Melacoryphus rubicollis
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
Numbers
the most diverse lygaeid subfamily, with 45 spp. in 8 genera in our area(1), ~550 spp. in 75 genera total(2)
Identification
keys to species in (3)
Range
worldwide and throughout NA; most diverse in the tropics(4)
Food
often associated with members of Asclepiadaceae and Apocyanaceae; some probably feed on cast seeds(4)
Remarks
often have aposematic colouration and are probably associated with Müllerian mimicry complexes involving other pentatomomorphs(4)