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Genus Hoplistoscelis

Damsel Bug - Hoplistoscelis pallescens Nabis nymph? - Hoplistoscelis Hoplistoscelis - Hoplistoscelis pallescens Assassin bug nymph? - Hoplistoscelis - female 3015287 Hoplistoscelis pallescens? - Hoplistoscelis pallescens Damsel bug - Hoplistoscelis heidemanni Hoplistoscelis sp. series, nymph third instar - Hoplistoscelis Hoplistoscelis sp. series, nymph fourth instar - Hoplistoscelis
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 Nabidae (Damsel Bugs)
Subfamily Nabinae
Tribe Nabini
Genus Hoplistoscelis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
NB: H. sordida, long believed to be the commonest eastern species(1), does not range north of central Mexico; all the records of H. sordida in our area actually refer to H. pallescens(2)
Explanation of Names
Hoplistoscelis Reuter 1890
5 spp. in our area(2)
in our area: (2)
H. pallescens e. NA (ON-TX)
H. hubbeli VA-TN-MO
H. confusa so. USA (AZ, AR, FL, TX) to the Neotripics
H. sericans e. NA (FL-MD, IL-TX)
H. heidemanni w. NA (BC, CA, ID)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Three new species, notes and new records of poorly known species, and an updated checklist for the North American Nabidae...
Kerzhner I.M., Henry T.J. 2008. Proc. Ent Soc. Wash. 110: 988–1011.