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Genus Homalocoris

Assassin Bug? - Homalocoris erythrogaster Assassin Bug? - Homalocoris erythrogaster Reduviid - Homalocoris Milkweed-like Bug under bark - Homalocoris Homalocoris Assassin Bug Nymph - Homalocoris Assassin Bug (Homalocoris sp.) adult and 2 nymphs - Homalocoris Homalocoris erythrogaster? - Homalocoris
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 Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Microtominae
Genus Homalocoris
Pronunciation
hom-uh-LOCK-uhr-iss
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Platycoris Perty 1833 (preoccupied)
Explanation of Names
Homalocoris Perty 1833
From Greek homalos 'even, level, smooth, uniform' + koris 'bug' (probably refers to the flattened body)
Numbers
8 spp. total, 4 of which may occur in our area
Size
7-14 mm
Identification
Easily separated from Microtomus by size.

In Homalocoris the antennae are inserted near the eyes, the anteocular area is subequal to the interocular distance, the second antennal segment has 8-18 pseudosegments and the length is less than 16 mm. This is opposed to Microtomus in which the antennae are remote from the eyes, the anteocular area is over twice as long as the interocular distance, the second antennal segment has 23-28 pseudosegments and the length is 20 mm or more.
Range
New World from sw. US to Argentina; in our area, known only from Cochise County, AZ