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Family Berytidae - Stilt Bugs

Berytidae? - Jalysus Berytidae - Jalysus wickhami Stilt Bug - Left Dorsal - Jalysus Neoneides nymph? Unknown Stilt bug - Jalysus wickhami Zelus  ? - Neoneides muticus Stilt Bug - Lateral Dorsal  - Jalysus Stilt bug - 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
Neididae Kirkaldy 1902
Explanation of Names
Berytidae Fieber 1851
3 subfamilies, with 12 spp. in 8 genera in our area and >160 spp. in >40 genera total(1)
Overview of our fauna (* –taxa not yet in the guide):
Family Berytidae
Subfamily Berytinae
Subfamily Metacanthinae
Subfamily Gampsocorinae
2.3−16+ mm(2), our spp. 5−9 mm(3)
worldwide and throughout NA(4)(5)
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. Facultative carnivory/saprophagy reported.(5)
Works Cited
1.Dellapé P.M., Henry T.J. (2016) Lygaeoidea species file. Version 5.0
2.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.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.Monograph of the stilt bugs, or Berytidae (Heteroptera), of the Western Hemisphere
Henry T.J. 1997. Mem. Ent. Soc. Wash. 19: 1-149.
5.Zoological catalogue of Australia: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha)
Cassis G., Gross G.F. 2002. CSIRO Publishing, 751 pp.