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Family Cymidae

Bug ID Request - Cymus angustatus little bug - Cymus angustatus Hemipteran 2 - Cymus angustatus Cottongrass bug - Cymus angustatus Bug - Cymus discors - male Cymus angustatus Cymus angustatus? - Cymus angustatus Elongate brown bug - lygaeid?
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 Cymidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated as part of Lygaeidae
10 spp. in 2 genera in our area (all Cyminae)(1), 54 spp. in 9 genera of 2 subfamilies worldwide(2)
small, elongate-ovoid, densely punctate, generally resembling seeds of hostplant; bucculae short; ocelli present; antennae and labium 4-segmented; all abdominal spiracles dorsal except for seventh, which are ventral; one to three larval dorsal abdominal glands between terga III/IV, IV/V, and V/VI.(2)
most spp. in the Old World; Cyminae occur in the Afrotropical, western Palaearctic and Nearctic Regions, the much smaller subfam. Ontiscinae is Australasian(2)
often found in seedheads of hostplants in marshy areas
seeds of monocots, primarily sedges (Cyperaceae) and rushes (Juncaceae), sometimes grasses (Poaceae)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Zoological catalogue of Australia: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha)
Cassis G., Gross G.F. 2002. CSIRO Publishing, 751 pp.