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name this insect please - Closterocoris amoenus

name this insect please - Closterocoris amoenus
Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California, USA
May 31, 2005
Size: body approx 0.5in
this photo is going to be in a photo show and I would really like to know the name of it. any help would be great. Thank you

Moved from Plant Bugs.

Probably not a mirid
I don't think this is a mirid, although you can't see enough to tell for sure. The shape of the head anterior to the eyes doesn't look "mirid." I'd guess Nabidae, but it's just a guess.

what about....
It's hard to tell from the above photo, but I'm wondering if it's the same species as this bug that I photographed in California and identified by looking at specimens at the UCB Essig museum.

I never had an expert verify my id (I know little to nothing about mirids), but it is a fairly distinctive looking bug that matched exactly those in the museum. The live individuals I've seen have been in the flowers of Mimulus aurantiacus (Bush Monkeyflower).

That's the bug!
Wow--gorgeous photos! Plus, yours show all sorts of diagnostic characters. You could run these pictures through a mirid key.

That "head-on" angle made the bucculae look quite swollen, like some nabids, but I can see from your photos that this is not really the case. Of course, identifications from museum specimens are the "gold standard." I'm looking forward to viewing more of your pictures.

Joyce's photography is a pleasure to view.
You can click on anyone's name, which takes you to their profile page, then click on the link to their images. Here are joyce's.

loaded photos
A couple of my photos are in bugguide now here.

Not sure we should keep the photo on this page due to lack of details, but it's probably the same species, and we don't have a photo of it from southern CA...

There is a little info on this species on this AMNH page ... a cut-off description in French which, based on the words I can recognize, is consistent with this species.

Thanks for your comments on my photography Jim. :)

Feb 2, 2012 edit: The AMNH link above no longer goes to the right place; this one seems to be the right one now.

Order is Hemiptera
That's the order of the true bugs.

I'm not so sure about family Reduvidae. They usually have a smaller head and a stouter beak. The bugs with long slender beaks usually feed on plant juices.

This is likely some kind of plant bug in the family Miridae, albeit a large one. Knowing the plant you found it on would help narrow the possibilities considerably (there are hundreds of species in Miridae).

Is that Flintridge as in La Cañada Flintridge? If so, you should change the county to Los Angeles.

I'm no expert, and the important details are impossible to see, but the general outline of the body looks vaguely like one of the true bugs in the family Reduviidae, better known as assasin bugs.

If that's what it is, then that thing tucked under its chin is a long, sharp "beak" that it stabs into other insects so it can suck their insides out.

It's too small to do any serious damage to humans, but the bite REALLY hurts- so I wouldn't try to handle it.

Update: I see that I was wrong about the family. Here's the link to the family Miridae.

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