Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tropidosteptes quercicola (Johnston)
Orig. Comb: Neoborus quercicola Johnston 1939
Explanation of Names
- Latin for the oak dweller (1)
Male: Length 4.6 mm.
Female: Length 4.9 mm. (Johnston 1939)
Distinguished by the robust oval form, convex frons and scutellum, short rostrum, and coloration. (Johnston 1939)
One of the most commonly collected mirids in oak-juniper woodlands of Central Texas (4)
Breeds abundantly on live oaks (Quercus virginiana
, Quercus fusiformis
) (Johnston 1939),(4)
Catkin mimic, populations spike during catkin season (4)
Holotype: male, April 1, 1933, College Station, Texas (H. G. Johnston).
Paratypes: 42 males and females taken with the types on live oak (Quercus virginiana) where the species breeds abundantly;
21 males and females, April 24, 1932, Sonora, Texas (S. E. Jones), light trap. (Johnston 1939)
This species is distinctly intermediate between Lygus and Neoborus and differs from Lygus essentially in the shorter head, puncturation between the calli, and the male genitalia. (Johnston 1939)
Carvalho, J.C.M. 1959. A catalogue of the Miridae of the world. Part IV. Arquivos do Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro 48: 384 pp.
Johnston, H.G. 1939. Five new species of Miridae from Texas (Hemiptera). Bull. Brooklyn Entomol. Soc., 34 (2): 129-133. Full Text