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Species Heterotoma planicornis

Miridae - Heterotoma planicornis Bug with impressive antennae - Heterotoma planicornis Heterotoma planicornis? - Heterotoma planicornis Mirid nymph - Heterotoma planicornis Heterotoma planicornis? - Heterotoma planicornis Unknown - Heterotoma planicornis Unknown Insect - Heterotoma planicornis Plant Bug  - Heterotoma planicornis
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
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
Subfamily Orthotylinae
Tribe Orthotylini
Genus Heterotoma
Species planicornis (Heterotoma planicornis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=merioptera auct. nec Scopoli 1763
discussion here
Explanation of Names
Heterotoma planicornis (Pallas 1772)
4.5-5.5 mm(1)
Adult: black with green femora and very unusual antennae extending forward from head; pronotum and hemelytra black, sparsely covered with mixture of dark and pale hairs; tibiae yellowish-brown
native to Europe, adventive in our area and established in the east (NS-NC) and in the west (BC-CA-UT)(2)(3)
on weeds such as nettle (Urtica) and deadnettle (Lamium spp.) plus various shrubs and trees
adults Jun-Oct, nymphs May-Jun
adults and nymphs prey on aphids and other small insects; also feed on buds and unripe fruit of various plants
Life Cycle
overwinters as an egg; one generation per year
may have been inadvertently introduced along with alien plants -- like it was accidentally introduced to New Zealand with Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)(4)
earliest NA record: NY 1915(5)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Bantock T., Botting J. (2010-) British Bugs, an online identification guide to UK Hemiptera
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.A Synthesis of the Holarctic Miridae (Heteroptera): Distribution, Biology, and Origin, with Emphasis on North America
A. G., Jr. Wheeler & Thomas J. Henry. 1992. Entomological Society of America.
4.Heteroptera of economic importance
Schaefer C.W., Panizzi A.R. (eds). 2000. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 828 pp.
5.Alien true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Canada: composition and adaptations
Scudder G.G.E., Foottit R.G. 2006. Can. Entomol. 138: 24-51.