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Family Berytidae - Stilt Bugs

 Acanthophysa echinata Uhler  ?? - Hoplinus echinatus Berytidae 03c - Neoneides muticus Unknown - Jalysus wickhami mating Neoneides muticus? - Neoneides muticus - male - female Stilt Bug - Berytinus minor Berytidae, lateral - Berytinus minor Unknown Leggy Fly? - Jalysus - male - female Stilt Bug - Lateral Dorsal  - Jalysus
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
Explanation of Names
Berytidae Fieber 1851
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
5-9 mm(3) [2.3-16+ mm worldwide(4)]
Antennae have four segments, the fourth enlarged:
worldwide and throughout NA(1)(2)
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)
Print References
Henry, T.J., R.C. Froeschner. 1998. Catalog of the stilt bugs, or Berytidae, of the world (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera). Contributions of the American Entomological Institute 30(4): 1–72.
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.