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Family Rhyparochromidae - Dirt-colored Seed Bugs

Long-necked seed bug - Myodocha serripes Bug - Ozophora occidentalis Long-necked Seed Bug - Myodocha serripes Pseudopachybrachius vinctus Urban rhyparochromid - Peritrechus? - Megalonotus sabulicola Male, Ozophora? - Ozophora depicturata - male Rhyparochromidae - Eremocoris Long-necked Hemip - Myodocha serripes
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 Lygaeoidea
Family Rhyparochromidae (Dirt-colored Seed Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated as subfamily of Lygaeidae(1)(2)(3)
Explanation of Names
Rhyparochromidae Amyot & Serville 1843
keys in (1)(2)(6)
worldwide and throughout NA
For most species, primarily seeds. A few spp. prey on insects. Many members of the palaeotropical tribe Cleradini can feed on vertebrate blood. Clerada apicicornis is the only species known to also occur in the New World tropics (probably due to human transport); it consumes vertebrate blood, preys on insects, and is known to bite humans.
Print References
Slater J.A. (1986) A synopsis of the zoogeography of the Rhyparochrominae (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). J. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 94: 262-280. (Full text)
Slater J.A., Woodward T.E. (1982) Lilliputocorini, a new tribe with six new species of Lilliputocoris, and a cladistic analysis of the Rhyparochrominae (Hemiptera, Lygaeidae). American Museum Novitates 2754: 1-23. (Full text)
Sweet M.H. (1964) The biology and ecology of the Rhyparochrominae of New England (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). Parts I & II. Entomol. Amer. 43: 1‒124; 44: 1‒201.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.The Lygaeidae of Florida (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae).
Slater & Baranowski. 1990. Florida Dept. of Ag. and Consumer Services, Gainesville. xv + 211 pp.
3.Phylogenetic analysis of family groups within the infraorder Pentatomomorpha (Heteroptera), with emphasis on the Lygaeoidea
Henry T.J. 1997. Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. 90: 275-301.
4.Dellapé P.M., Henry T.J. (2016) Lygaeoidea species file. Version 5.0
5.A phylogenetic revision of the true bug genus Heraeus (Hemiptera: Rhyparochromidae: Myodochini)...
Dellapé P.M, Melo M.C., Henry T.J. 2016. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 177: 29–134.
6.Seed Bugs of Virginia (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae)
Richard L. Hoffman. 1996. Virginia Museum of Natural History.