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Species Ochterus banksi

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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 Nepomorpha (Aquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Ochteroidea
Family Ochteridae (Velvety Shore Bugs)
Genus Ochterus
Species banksi (Ochterus banksi)
Explanation of Names
Ochterus banksi Barber 1913
Note the smooth pronotal collar lacking teeth as well as the lobe near the inner side of the flattened part of the pronotum.
e. US - Map (1)
Found in a rocky drainage area with ample vegetation. - Valerie G. Bugh
found 4 of these bugs by splashing water on the muddy bank at the edge of a beaver pond. - Tom Murray
inhabitants of shore lines, where they may occur in the open or among grasses, etc. (2)
Life Cycle
apparently infrequently encountered (BG & GBIF data)
Print References
Bobb, M.L. 1951. Life history of Ochterus banksi Barber (Hemiptera: Ochteridae). Bull. Brooklyn Ent. Soc. 46: 92-100.