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Species Spartocera batatas - Giant Sweetpotato 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 Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Spartocerini
Genus Spartocera
Species batatas (Giant Sweetpotato Bug)
Explanation of Names
Spartocera batatas (Fabricius 1798)
18-23 mm
Humeral angles of the pronotum rounded, lateral margins not expanded. Newborn nymphs are red but soon become very dark brown except for the head, the lateral angles of the pronotum and the expanded lateral edges of the abdomen, which are marked with bright red-brown spots.
native to the Neotropics (West Indies to so. Brazil)(1), adventive in our area (FL)
first reported in the continental US: FL 1995
Internet References
Fact sheet (Halbert 2003-2014)[Cite:185010]