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Species Halticotoma valida - Yucca Plant 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 Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Bryocorinae
Tribe Eccritotarsini
Genus Halticotoma
Species valida (Yucca Plant Bug)
Other Common Names
Yucca Bug
Explanation of Names
Halticotoma valida Townsend, 1892
valid (L). 'strong' (1)
5 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
Other spp. only listed for AZ (3) or WA (1)...
2-3 mm (guide images)
Immature and adult Yucca Plant Bugs

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2013
e. to sw. US - Map (CA-FL-DE-NE) (2)(3)
Yucca spp. - Agavaceae
Life Cycle
In North Carolina eggs hatched in late March, and first generation adults were abundant by 1 May. Nymphal first-instars of the second generation were present by 1 June, and adults were common by 1 July. At least 2 more generations occurred before killing frosts. (Wheeler, 1976)
Type Locality: NM
Print References
Townsend, C.H.T. 1892. Biologic notes on New Mexico insects. Can. Ent. 24: 193-200 (BHL).
Wheeler Jr., A.G. 1976. Yucca plant bug, Halticotoma valida: authorship, distribution, host plants, and notes on biology. Florida Entomologist 59: 71–75. (Full PDF)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)