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Genus Harmostes

Plant Bug - Harmostes reflexulus Scentless Plant Bug - Harmostes reflexulus Reality Check: Harmostes reflexulus? - Harmostes angustatus Harmostes reflexulus? - Harmostes Harmostes reflexulus Harmostes? - Harmostes Hemiptera - Harmostes Bug - Harmostes fraterculus
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 Rhopalidae (Scentless Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Rhopalinae
Tribe Harmostini
Genus Harmostes
Explanation of Names
Harmostes Burmeister 1835
The name is associated with Greek history
7 spp. in our area(1) (all in the nominate subgenus), 28 spp. in 2 subgenera total(2)
7-9.5 mm
metafemora enlarged, with spines
New World, Canada to South America
H. angustatus sw US (CA-TX-UT)(3)
H. dorsalis: w NA (BC-CA-TX)(3)
H. formosus TX
H. fraterculus: transcontinental in the US, CA to FL and north to NJ(3), more common in the east
H. reflexulus: throughout US and into Canada
H. serratus: so. US (FL, TX)(3) (western limit unknown)
Fields with flowers, esp. Asteraceae
May-frost (H. reflexulus in NC)
Life Cycle
Overwinter as adults
Print References
Gibson E.H. (1917) The genus Harmostes Burm. (Coreidae, Heterop.). Ent. News 28: 439-450 (Full text)