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Species Microtomus purcis

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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 Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Microtominae
Genus Microtomus
Species purcis (Microtomus purcis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hammatocercus purcis (Drury)
Explanation of Names
Microtomus purcis (Drury 1782)
22-30 mm(1)
Distinctive within its range; connexivum red, antennomere 2 annulated(2):

nymph and adults:
se US to CO (MD-FL to CO-TX) - Map (1)(2)(3)
under bark(1)
See Also
M. luctuosus - hind femora all black
- Range: c. TX to C. Amer.
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.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)