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Species Adelphocoris lineolatus - Alfalfa Plant Bug

Miridae? - Adelphocoris lineolatus Immature insect? - Adelphocoris lineolatus alfalfa plant bug - Adelphocoris lineolatus Nymph? - Adelphocoris lineolatus Cimicomorpha - Adelphocoris lineolatus Green plant bug - Adelphocoris lineolatus mystery - Adelphocoris lineolatus Adelphocoris lineolatus
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 Mirinae
Tribe Mirini
Genus Adelphocoris
Species lineolatus (Alfalfa Plant Bug)
Explanation of Names
Adelphocoris lineolatus (Goeze 1778)
Size
7-9 mm
Range
native to the Palaearctic, adventive and widespread in NA (ME-ON-AB to NC-CO)(1)
Habitat
fields, grassy areas; adults are attracted to light
Season
adults present from late May to late October in the northeast
Food
nymphs and adults feed on legumes [incl. alfalfa (Medicago sativa), crownvetch (Securigera varia)] and grasses(2)
Life Cycle
two or more generations per year
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Remarks
earliest NA record: NS 1917(1)
nymphs are parasitized by the braconid wasps Peristenus conradi and P. pallipes, which have been used to control of A. lineolatus in ne. US
Print References
Loan C.C. (1980) Plant bug hosts of some euphorine parasites near Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Le Naturaliste Canadien 107: 87-93 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Alien true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Canada: composition and adaptations
Scudder G.G.E., Foottit R.G. 2006. Can. Entomol. 138: 24-51.
2.An annotated list of the Miridae of West Virginia (Hemiptera-Heteroptera)
A.G. Wheeler Jr., T.J. Henry, T.L. Mason Jr. 1983. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 109:127–159.