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Species Microporus nigrita - Black Ground Bug

Burrowing Bugs (Cydnidae) in sandy driveway - Microporus nigrita Bug - Microporus nigrita Burrowing Bug - Microporus nigrita Microporus nigrita Burrowing Bug - Microporus nigrita Unknown Cydninae - Microporus nigrita Microporus nigrita Wet bug - Microporus nigrita
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 Pentatomoidea
Family Cydnidae (Burrowing Bugs)
Subfamily Cydninae
Tribe Geotomini
Genus Microporus
Species nigrita (Black Ground Bug)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aethus nigrita (Fabricius 1794) --see Lis (1993)
Explanation of Names
Microporus nigrita (Fabricius 1794)
medieval Latin nigrita 'negro'; this is a noun, thus nigritus is an incorrect form (nouns used as trivial names are not subject to change depending on combination)
native to, and widespread all across the temperate and southern Palaearctic(1), adventive in NA (e. US & ON); originally reported from DE, CT, NY, NJ, PA(2), then ON, SC, and VA(3)(4)
BugGuide records extend this range to include CO, MA, ME, NH, IN, MN... (à suivre)
Earliest NA record: DE 1977(2)
Works Cited
1.Keys to the insects of the Far East of the USSR, Vol. 2. Homoptera and Heteroptera
Lehr, P. A., ed. 1988. Leningrad, Nauka Publishing House.
2.Aethus nigritus (F.), a Palearctic burrower bug established in eastern North America (Hemiptera-Heteroptera: Cydnidae)
E R Hoebeke and A G Wheeler. 1984. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 86:738-744.
3.Nine Heteroptera (Hemiptera) new to Canada, with additional new provincial records for three other species in Canada.
G.G.E. Scudder. 2009. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 106: 3-9.
4.Additions and Emendations to the Virginia Fauna of "True Bugs" (Heteroptera: Cydnidae, Scutelleridae, Pentatomidae, Alydidae)
RL Hoffman. 1994. Banisteria, No. 3, 15-19.