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Genus Aradus

Aradus? - Aradus behrensi Flat Bug - Aradus funestus Heteropteran - Aradus robustus Unknown Bug - Aradus insolitus Which nymph is this? - Aradus Aradidae, Flat Bug nymph - Aradus crenatus Aradus - Aradus falleni Flat Bug - Aradus
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
Family Aradidae (Flat Bugs)
Subfamily Aradinae
Genus Aradus
Explanation of Names
Aradus Fabricius 1803
Numbers
84 spp. in our area(1), ~200 worldwide(2)
Size
3-7 mm
Identification
Flat bug with short bucculae (projections beside tylus, the little "beak" visible from above). Thus tylus looks narrow, not thickened. Several species have distinctive antennae--various segments covered with semi-erect thick spines.
Range
worldwide(2), incl. most of NA
Habitat
under/on tree bark and on shelf fungi
Season
found under bark at various times of year
Food
fungi
Remarks
The Pine Flat Bug (A. cinnamomeus) is a significant pest of pine in e. Europe, especially young trees growing under poor conditions(3) but, contrary to older records, does not occur in NA; its American counterpart is A. kormilevi
Works Cited
1.State records, confirmations, and habitats of Aradidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) from Louisiana, U.S.A.
Taylor S.J., Gil S.A. 2009. Fla. Entomol. 92: 199-207.
2.Australian Faunal Directory
3.Western Forest Insects
Furniss, R.L. and Carolin, V.M. 1977. 1977. U.S.D.A. Forest Service Misc. Publ. 1339.