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Family Berytidae - Stilt Bugs

Berytidae 03b - Neoneides muticus Stilt or Assassin? - Neoneides muticus Stilt Bug - Jalysus spinosus Stilt Bug from the Washington Park Arboretum BioBlitz - Neoneides muticus Not an Assassin Bug Nypmh Berytidae - species? - Jalysus Stilt Bug? - Jalysus Stilt bug - Neoneides muticus? - Neoneides muticus - male - female
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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Berytidae (Stilt Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neididae
Explanation of Names
Berytidae Fieber 1851
Numbers
12 spp. in 8 genera in our area, >50 spp. in 13 genera in the New World(1), >170 spp. in 36 genera worldwide arranged in 3 subfamilies(2)
Overview of our fauna (* –taxa not yet in the guide):
Family Berytidae
Subfamily Berytinae
Subfamily Metacanthinae
Subfamily Gampsocorinae
Size
5-9 mm(3) [2.3-16+ mm worldwide(4)]
Identification
Antennae have four segments, the fourth enlarged:
Range
worldwide and throughout NA(1)(2)
Food
Most are phytophagous, many may be host-specific, often associated with plants with glandular trichomes in Geraniaceae, Onagraceae, Scrophulariaceae, and Solanaceae; most hosts are eudicotyledonous angiosperms; Jalysus & Metacanthus feed on grasses. Some occasionally omnivorous and facultative carnivory or saprophagy.(2)
Works Cited
1.Monograph of the stilt bugs, or Berytidae (Heteroptera), of the Western Hemisphere
Henry T.J. 1997. Mem. Ent. Soc. Wash. 19: 1-149.
2.Zoological catalogue of Australia: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha)
Cassis G., Gross G.F. 2002. CSIRO Publishing, 751 pp.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.