Explanation of Names
Sciocoris longifrons Barber 1933
n. to s. TX (Wichita Falls to Junction to College Station to Boca Chica)(1)(2)(3)(4)
(Barber 1933)(BG data)
The European Sciocoris are subterranean. They are evidently root feeders. Would explain why they are so rare in collections. (D. Thomas, pers. comm. 2017 to MAQ)
Apr(2), Jun(1), Nov(2) (Barber 1933)(4)
When threatened, this little bug curls up its legs and plays dead. It looks like a brown seed or piece of dirt.(5)
Type Locality: 2 males coll'ed by J. D. Mitchell on 18 Nov 1907, Victoria, Texas.
Other paratypes per Barber (1933):
C.V. Riley reported(*) 4 from "Tex" (2 males, 2 females);
Belfrage coll'ed one from "Tex" [possibly around Gatesville, TX];
and one from Austin, Tex.
To these records, we can add:
two reported from Zilker Gardens, Austin, Travis Co., Texas(4)
one coll'ed in Medina Co., Texas(4)
plus 6 spmns in the TAMUIC from Boca Chica, Cameron Co.; College Station, Brazos Co.; and Junction, Kimble Co.(1)
(*)I don't believe C.V. Riley was ever in Texas.
Barber, H.G. 1933. A new Sciocoris from Texas (Hemiptera-Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 34(9): 149-150.
- David A. Rider, North Dakota State University