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Flat Bug - Neoproxius gypsatus

Flat Bug - Neoproxius gypsatus
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
March 14, 2012
Size: 7-8mm
One prehistoric-looking bug ... looks like an action figure from Castle Grayskull or maybe a stinkbug built from odd parts by the A-team. Too ugly to be a nymph. Thanks

Moved from Flat Bugs.

this is indeed too cool to handle... WOW.
love Brad's suggestion.
lots of awesome aradids in the southeast -- see(1); i'll ask Steve Taylor to check this one out

castle grayskull?
you gave away your age lol...but it is a way cool critter!

No ...
My Kid's ages ... oh, I see your point :)

Very cool....
Moved from True Bugs.

Proxius sp. I think. (Maybe under a different genus name now, Neoproxius?.)

If so, Blatchley only lists two species known from Florida, however I don't know the current taxonomic state of the group.

This is very likely Neoproxius gypsatus (Bergroth 1898). There are only two described species in the genus in the United States. Proxius does not occur here.

Any chance you have a specimen in hand? I'd love to see this one....

I'll see if I can find one ...
this weekend. This one came to UV. BTW it has an interesting looking "tailpipe" (process).

one more thought
This subfamily is also rather infrequently encountered in the USA.

Subfamily Carventinae Usinger, 1950 is represented here by four species in two genera.

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