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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Pachygronthidae

no idea - Oedancala Oedancala dorsalis Heteroptera - True Bugs Oedancala dorsalis - Oedancala dorsalis Phlegyas abbreviatus? - Phlegyas abbreviatus Oedancala dorsalis Oedancala crassimana? - Oedancala crassimana Bog bug with biceps like Popeye, Oedancala dorsalis - Oedancala dorsalis Bug w large front femurs, TPB coloration - Oedancala dorsalis
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 Lygaeoidea
Family Pachygronthidae
Explanation of Names
Pachygronthidae Stål 1865
from Pachygrontha 'thick fist'
Numbers
2 subfamilies, with 7 spp. in 3 genera in our area and ~80 spp. in 13 genera total(1)(2)
Identification
Hemelytra distinctly punctate, at least on the clavi. Central area of scutellum usually not separated from posterior edge of pronotum by a distinct transverse groove. Abdomen at least as long as thorax. Apex of corium and membrane not extending past abdomen. Clavi with median commissure behind scutellum either obliterated or absent and eyes not enlarged (Phlegyas) or long and present (Oedancala). Fore femora thickened and armed with spines (3).
Range
e NA to CA (BG data); worldwide (mostly tropical regions)(1)
Works Cited
1.Zoological catalogue of Australia: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha)
Cassis G., Gross G.F. 2002. CSIRO Publishing, 751 pp.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Seed Bugs of Virginia (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae)
Richard L. Hoffman. 1996. Virginia Museum of Natural History.