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Species Emesaya brevipennis

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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
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Emesinae (Thread-legged Bugs)
Tribe Metapterini
Genus Emesaya
Species brevipennis (Emesaya brevipennis)
Explanation of Names
Emesaya brevipennis (Say 1832)
3 sspp. in our area(1)
33-37 mm(2)
Covered with a silvery pubescence(2)
most of the US (MA-FL to IA-TX; CA) & ON to Brazil(1)(3)(4)
Often found outside of old buildings, in barns(2)
May-Dec in so.IL
Life Cycle
Two flights of adults per year, in a population studied in Illinois. Overwinters as eggs.
Print References
Hagerty A.M., Mcpherson J.E., Bradshaw J.D. (2001) Life history and laboratory rearing of Emesaya b. brevipennis (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in Southern Illinois. Fla. Entomol. 84: 410-414 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
4.A monograph of the Emesinae (Reduviidae, Hemiptera)
Pedro W. Wygodzinsky. 1966. New York : [American Museum of Natural History].