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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Superfamily Cimicoidea

Minute Pirate Bug for California in April - Probably Orius tristicolor - Orius tristicolor Oeciacus vicarius? - Oeciacus vicarius Lasiochilus sp.? - Lasiochilus pallidulus Minute Pirate Bug - Calliodis temnostethoides Anthocoridae - Amphiareus obscuriceps Minute Pirate Bug? - Lasiochilus Common Bed Bug - Cimex lectularius Orius tristicolor
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
Superfamily Cimicoidea
6 families total, none particularly large (<700 spp. worldwide, of which >2/3 in the Anthocoridae), 5 families in our area; not yet in the guide: Polyctenidae, the highly specialized Bat Bugs (2 spp. in our area, ~30 worldwide)(1)
keys in(2); keys to Michigan spp. in(3)
members of this group are readily spread via human agency -- see, e.g., (4)(5)
Works Cited
1.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
2.Keys to genera of Anthocoridae of America north of Mexico, with descriptions of a new genus (Hemiptera: Heteroptera)
J.L. Herring. 1976. The Florida Entomologist, 59 (2): 143-150.
3.A synopsis of the Cimicoidea (Heteroptera) of Michigan
Swanson D.R. 2016. Great Lakes Entomol. 49: 115-145.
4.The non-indigenous Lyctocoridae and Anthocoridae (Hemiptera : Heteroptera : Cimicoidea) of America North of Mexico
Lattin J.D. 2007. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 109: 366-376.
5.Interceptions of Anthocoridae, Lasiochilidae, and Lyctocoridae at the Miami Plant Inspection Station (Hemiptera: Heteroptera)
Horton D.R., Lewis T.M., Dobbs T.T. 2013. Fla. Entomol. 96: 482-497.