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Genus Pilophorus

Pilophorus bug - Pilophorus true bug - Pilophorus strobicola Pilophorus amoenus Pilophorus ?juniperi Knight - Pilophorus juniperi Plant Bug - Pilophorus walshii - female Pilophorus discretus - female Pilophorus from Pinyon Tree - Pilophorus Pilophorus
Classification
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 Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Phylinae
Tribe Pilophorini
Genus Pilophorus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Alepidia Reuter 1909
Pilophorus is also a genus of lichen
Explanation of Names
Pilophorus Hahn 1826
Numbers
43 spp. in our area(1)
Size
2-4 mm
Identification
"Sericeous scalelike setae on dorsum arranged in patches on scutellum and usually as transverse bands on the hemelytra, those on thoracic pleuron aggregated in an elongate patch on the posterior margin of mesepimeron and a tiny patch on the posterior margin of the metepisternum, and usually with a patch anterolaterally on abdominal venter"(1)
Range
holarctic, widespread
Habitat
on many broad-leaved and coniferous trees; often host-specific, according to plant host specificity of the prey
Season
adults May-Sep
Food
most (all?) species are at least in part predaceous, esp. on aphids and other homopterans; plant host specificity may be influenced by the host specificity of the prey(1)
Remarks
Species-groups per (1):
Pilophorus furvus species-group: furvus, heidemanni, nasicus

Pilophorus juniperi species-group: juniperi, laetus

Pilophorus amoenus species-group

Pilophorus crassipes species-group: crassipes, henryi, taxodii, tibialis

Pilophorus americanus species-group: americanus, concolor, diffusus, uhleri
Pilophorus exiguus species-group: cembroides, clavicornis, dislocatus, exiguus, floridanus, fuscipennis, geminus, gracilis, stonedahli

Pilophorus clavatus species-group: balli, brunneus, chiricahuae, clavatus, discretus, explanatus, longisetosus, minutus, neoclavatus, nevadensis, perplexus, salicis, schwarzi, setiger, tomentosus, vicarius, walshii

Species incertae sedis: buenoi
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Revision of the New World Pilophorini (Heteroptera, Miridae, Phylinae)
Randall T. Schuh & Michael D. Schwartz. 1988. American Museum of Natural History.
2.Miridae North America (Discover Life's IDnature guide)