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Species Niesthrea louisianica

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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 Rhopalidae (Scentless Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Rhopalinae
Tribe Niesthreini
Genus Niesthrea
Species louisianica (Niesthrea louisianica)
Explanation of Names
Niesthrea louisianica Sailer 1961
6.5-8.5 mm (1)
varies in color from reddish to dark brown to grayish yellow; thickly sprinkled with dark spots (1)

CA-FL-NY-IA + UT(2)(1)(3)(BG data)
hosts include Hibiscus and other Malvaceae(1); feeds on flower buds and seeds; an important biocontrol agent of velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) (3)
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid in masses on the undersides of leaves.
Print References
Sailer R.I. (1961) The identity of Lygaeus sidae Fabricius, type species of the genus Niesthrea (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 63(4): 293-299.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Steill J., Meyer J. (2003) The Rhopalidae of Florida