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Species Homaemus aeneifrons

Shield-backed Bugs - Homaemus aeneifrons Solid-backed bug - Homaemus aeneifrons Unknown Bug - Homaemus aeneifrons Beetle - Homaemus aeneifrons Shield-backed Bug - Homaemus aeneifrons Pentatomidae, perhaps Pachycorinae? - Homaemus aeneifrons Eurygaster - Homaemus aeneifrons another Eurygaster? - Homaemus aeneifrons
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
Superfamily Pentatomoidea
Family Scutelleridae (Shield-backed Bugs)
Subfamily Pachycorinae
Genus Homaemus
Species aeneifrons (Homaemus aeneifrons)
Explanation of Names
Homaemus aeneifrons (Say 1824)
aeneifrons = 'bronze forehead'
Size
7-9 mm(1)
Identification
lack of yellowish submarginal stripe on head is diagnostic. H. bijugis is smaller (5.7-8 mm), has yellowish submarginal stripe on head, and in Canada is restricted to the west (MB-BC) (see species page at U. of Alberta); H. parvulus has yellow pubescence on head (lacking in H. aenifrons) and in Canada is restricted to BC(2)
Range
e. NA (NS-MB to NC-KS)(1); in Canada: H. a. aenifrons NS-MB; H. a. consors SK-BC-YK-AK
Habitat
weeds, sedges, and swampy meadows as well as dry habitats(3)(1)
Season
spring through fall; overwinter as adults(3)
Food
various sedges (Carex) and rushes (Juncus)(4)
Works Cited
1.The Pentatomoidea (Hemiptera) of Northeastern North America
J.E. McPherson. 1982. Southern Illinois University Press.
2.Terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates of British Columbia: Priorities for inventory and descriptive research
G.G.E. Scudder. 1996. Res. Br., BC Min. For., and Wildl. Br., BC Min. Environ., Lands and Parks. Victoria, BC. Work. Pap. 09/1996. vi+206 pp.
3.University of Alberta Entomology Collection
4.Pentatomoidea Host Index