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Species Mozena obtusa

Mozena obtusa Uhler - Mozena obtusa Mozena obtusa Leaf-footed Bug - Mozena obtusa Nematopini? - Mozena obtusa Nematopini? - Mozena obtusa Mozena obtusa ?  - Mozena obtusa Leaffooted on Mesquite - Mozena obtusa Leaffooted on Mesquite - Mozena obtusa
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 Coreoidea (Leatherbugs)
Family Coreidae (Leaf-footed Bugs)
Subfamily Coreinae
Tribe Nematopini
Genus Mozena
Species obtusa (Mozena obtusa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mozena affinis (Dallas) apparent syn. in (1)
Explanation of Names
Mozena obtusa Uhler 1876
7 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
adults w dark antennal tips

immatures lack prominent pronotal corners of lunata (see below)
AZ-TX-KS / ne. Mex. - Map (Cuda and DeLoach, 1998)(2), most records: NM-OK-ne.Mex
Mar-Oct, at least two generations annually in Texas (Cuda and DeLoach 1998), mostly May-Aug (2)
One of the most important natural enemies of honey mesquite, Prosopis glandulosa which appears to be its only host (Cuda and DeLoach 1998)
Life Cycle
See Cuda and DeLoach (1998) for extensive discussion.
See Also
Mozena lunata (Burmeister) - adults have pale antennal tips
- mostly s. of Houston to Austin to Del Rio
Print References
Cuda, J.P., and C.J. DeLoach. 1998. Biology of Mozena obtusa (Hemiptera: Coreidae), a candidate for the biological control of mesquite, Prosopis spp. (Fabaceae). Biological Control 13(2): 101-110. Full PDF
Hossain, M. 1970. A Revision of the Genus Mozena Amyot and Serville (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Master’s Thesis, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
McCullough, T. 1973. Chemical analysis of the defensive scent fluid from the bug Mozena obtusa (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 66: 231–232.
Uhler, P.R. 1876. List of Hemiptera of the region west of the Mississippi River, including those collected during the Hayden explorations of 1873. Bull. U.S. Dep. Inter. 5, p. 30.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)