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Species Anisoscelis affinis - Flag-footed Bug

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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 Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Anisoscelini
Genus Anisoscelis
Species affinis (Flag-footed Bug)
Explanation of Names
Anisoscelis affinis Westwood 1840
affinis = 'similar, related'
Hind tibia expansion huge, as wide and almost as long as the bug's body
s. TX (Cameron & Hidalgo counties) / Mex. to C. Amer. (BG data),(1),(Distant, 1880-1893),(2)
at least 30 individuals and pairs on the ornamental shrub, Yellow Buttercup (Turner ulmifolia, Turneraceae) at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, immediately east of the airport on Oct. 2015 per Lynn Monroe
yr round in s. TX (2)
USNM has 25 specimens from E. Cameron Co., Tex., taken from 13.IV to 28.VI.1946 by George B. Vogt on Passiflora lutea that appear to be A. affinis (Tom Henry, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2009);
TAMUIC has five specimens from the Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville, TX (27.X.1979, 13-14.X.1988, 24.X.1992, 6.XI.2009, 16.VII.2010) (1)
Life Cycle
asso. w/ Passifloraceae and Turneraceae (BG data)
Comes to lights (C. Bordelon, pers. comm., 2009 to MAQ). Sp. not listed in Henry and Froeschner (1988)(3)
Note, George B. Vogt (1920-1990) was an entomologist stationed in Brownsville during 1946-47. During this time, George made an extensive collection of Rio Grande Valley beetles and bugs. In 1949, George published 5 papers on s. TX tiger, longhorn and buprestid beetles.
Print References
Brailovsky H., Sanchez C. (1983) Hemiptera-Heteroptera de México XXIX. Revision de la familia Coreidae Leach. Parte 4. Tribu Anisoscelidini Amyot-Serville. An. Inst. Biol. UNAM, 53(1): 219-275.
Distant. W.L. (1880-1893) Biologia Centrali-Americana: Insecta. Rhynchota. Hemiptera-Heteroptera. Volume I pg. 123, Tab. 13, Fig. 3
Packauskas R.J., Schaefer C.W. (2001) Clarification of some taxonomic problems in Anisoscelini and Leptoscelini (Hemiptera: Coreidae: Coreinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 103(1): 249-256.
Westwood, (1840) Pg. 275. In: W. Jardine. (editor) The naturalist's library: v. 1. Duncan, J. Introduction to entomology. W.H. Lizars, Edinburgh.
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