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Family Anthocoridae - Minute Pirate Bugs

Larger minute pirate bug, 10:36pm - Anthocoris musculus Anthocorid 4 - Orius tristicolor Anthocorid? Orius insidiosus (Say) - Orius insidiosus Bug April 28 - Orius vicinus Tiny Bug - Amphiareus obscuriceps Tetraphleps pilosipes (Kelton and Anderson) - Tetraphleps pilosipes Anthocoridae?
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 Cimicoidea
Family Anthocoridae (Minute Pirate Bugs)
Other Common Names
Flower Bugs(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated to include Lasiochilidae and Lyctocoridae (e.g., in(2))
Explanation of Names
Anthocoridae Fieber 1837
~90 spp. in 22-23 genera in our area(2), >500 spp. in >70 genera total
Overview of our fauna
* –taxa not yet in the guide (linked to off-BG images) | classification adapted from(3) by Steven Paiero
Family Anthocoridae (subfamilies not currently used)
Key to genera in(4); keys to spp. of Canada & AK in(5)
worldwide; most diverse in the tropics and the Holarctic Region(1)
many are common on flowers and trees, some live under bark or in mammal/bird nests(2)
small arthropods
Some species are used as biocontrol agents. Some are known for their irritating bites and may be a nuisance if landed on one's bare skin.
Print References
Works Cited
1.Australian Faunal Directory
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.True Bugs of the World (Hemiptera:Heteroptera): Classification and Natural History
Randall T. Schuh & James Alexander Slater. 1995. 1995. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.
4.Keys to genera of Anthocoridae of America north of Mexico, with descriptions of a new genus (Hemiptera: Heteroptera)
J.L. Herring. 1976. The Florida Entomologist, 59 (2): 143-150.
5.The Insects and Arachnids of Canada Part 4: The Anthocoridae of Canada and Alaska
Leonard A. Kelton. 1978. Supply and Services Canada.
6.Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd ed
Capinera J.L., ed. 2008. Springer, lxiii+4346 pp. (4 vols.).