Explanation of Names
Amphiareus obscuriceps (Poppius 1909)
It looks similar to Lasiochilus dorsally but tends to be more glossy across the hemelytra, and in Lasiochilus the dorsal hairs appear to be more erect and abundant. (comment by Steve Paiero)
Yellow-brown coloration, with the head and pronotum noticeably darker
Corium smooth, impunctate.
Ostiolar channel directed backwards with an anteriorly curved carina.
Clavus with raised, tri-lobed setal bases; setal bases on apical part of scutellum multi-lobed.
Male parameres sickle-shaped.
Native to Asia, recently introduced to NA (has spread across the eastern half of the US* & e Canada)(1)
*at least to c.TX (taken at my porch lights). =v=
suburban/urban areas and woodlands; associated with dead-leaf habitats in the trees or on the ground; also brush piles, squirrel nests, and old tent caterpillar nests(1)
year-round; adults may overwinter(1)
small arthropods, probably including psocids, thrips, etc.(1)
Earliest record in NA: MD 1983(1)
our other species, A. constrictus
, has a more uniform yellowish-brown coloration(1)