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Species Hyalymenus tarsatus - Texas Bow-legged Bug

Texas Bow-legged Bug - Hyalymenus tarsatus - male Hyalymenus tarsatus (Fabricius) - Hyalymenus tarsatus nymph - Hyalymenus tarsatus Texas Bow-legged Bug - Hyalymenus tarsatus Alydidae - Hyalymenus tarsatus Ant mimic (?) - Hyalymenus tarsatus Lupine Bug? - Hyalymenus tarsatus Unknown hymenoptera? - Hyalymenus tarsatus
Classification
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)
Numbers
5 spp. n. of Mex. (1), not possible to reliably separate the species. (2)
Identification

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:
Nymphs:
Range
s. CA to FL panhandle (?) / Mex. to Brazil - Map (1)(GBIF)
Season
year round in TX, most common summer & fall (GBIF)
Food
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