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Species Plagiognathus arbustorum

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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 Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Phylinae
Tribe Phylini
Subtribe Oncotylina
Genus Plagiognathus
Species arbustorum (Plagiognathus arbustorum)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Fabricius, 1794 (Original genus: Lygaeus)
Size
♂ 3.93-4.57 mm, ♀ 3.81-3.95 mm(1)
Identification
Recognized by the generally ochre-colored dorsum, the entirely black antennae, and the orange lateral angles of the mesoscutum; setae on dorsum black and weakly bristlelike.
Potentially confused with darker specimens of chrysanthemi, concoloris, and flavus, but the first of those species usually much greener and with antennal segment 2 mostly pale; the latter two usually more orange in general coloration and with the apical blades of the vesica relatively shorter than those in arbustorum and with the flange on the vesica very narrow and inconspicuous.(1)
Range
Widely distributed in the w. Palearctic and Central Asia, introduced to the Pacific Northwest (coastal localities in BC-WA) and NL(1)(2)
Food
Hosts: Urtica dioica (Urticaceae); Asteraceae; Sarothamnus scoparius (Fabaceae)(1)
Remarks
earliest NA record: BC 1954(2)
See Also
P. chrysanthemi has mostly pale A2.
Internet References
adult and nymph images from UK and Denmark
Works Cited
1.Revision of the New World Plagiognathus
2.Alien true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Canada: composition and adaptations
Scudder G.G.E., Foottit R.G. 2006. The Canadian Entomologist 138: 24-51.