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Species Hyalymenus tarsatus - Texas Bow-legged 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 Alydidae (Broad-headed Bugs)
Subfamily Alydinae
Genus Hyalymenus
Species tarsatus (Texas Bow-legged Bug)
Explanation of Names
Hyalymenus tarsatus (Fabricius 1803)
5 spp. n. of Mex. (1), not possible to reliably separate the species. (2)

Males having slightly thicker legs than the females.
Colors of the immatures are highly variable and come in red, black, gray, tan, brown and all kinds of combinations:
s. CA to FL panhandle (?) / Mex. to Brazil - Map (1)(GBIF)
year round in TX, most common summer & fall (GBIF)
feeding on a variety of plants, especially euphorbias and seed pods of legumes and milkweeds
Internet References
Discussion in ABC(3)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.Key to Florida Alydidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) and selected exotic pest species
Jansen M.A., Halbert S.E. 2016. Insecta Mundi 0476: 1-14.
3.Austin bug collection