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Family Plataspidae

Plataspidae  Megacopta cribraria - Megacopta cribraria Bean Plataspid - Megacopta cribraria Bug or Beetle? - Megacopta cribraria Megacopta cribraria flying insect - Megacopta cribraria Kudzu Bug - Megacopta cribraria Kudzu Bug - Megacopta cribraria Megacopta cribraria - female
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 Pentatomoidea
Family Plataspidae
Numbers
a single recently introduced species in our area(1), ~560 spp. in ~60 genera worldwide, a half of the spp. are in Coptosoma(2)
Size
2-20 mm(3)
Identification
beetlelike, strongly convex, often as broad or broader than long, antennae appear 4-segmented, scutellum covers abdomen completely, wings very long and folding under scutellum, tarsi 2-segmented(3)
Range
an Old World family (mostly tropical/subtropical, with some Coptosoma spp. ranging into temperate Palaearctic(3)), most diverse in se. Asia(2); represented in the New World by a single recently introduced species(1)
Food
mostly herbivorous; some subsist on fungi(4)
Works Cited
1.Occurrence of the Old World bug Megacopta cribraria (Fabricius) (Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in Georgia...
Eger J.E., Ames L.M., Suiter D.R., Jenkins T.M., Rider D.A., Halbert S.E. 2010. Insecta Mundi 0121: 1-11.
2.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
3.True Bugs of the World (Hemiptera:Heteroptera): Classification and Natural History
Randall T. Schuh & James Alexander Slater. 1995. 1995. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.
4.Bugs of the World
George C. McGavin. 1999. Blandford Press.