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Species Tetyra bipunctata - Shieldbacked Pine Seed Bug

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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 Tetyra
Species bipunctata (Shieldbacked Pine Seed Bug)
Explanation of Names
Tetyra bipunctata (Herrich-Schäffer 1839)
bipunctata = 'two-dotted' (refers to the pattern on scutellum)
Size
12-17 mm(1)
Range
e. NA (QC-FL to ON-MN-TX & ne Mexico) & scattered records in UT & WY(2)
Season
adults active from late spring/early summer to fall
Food
nymphs and adults feed on seeds of pines (Pinus)
Life Cycle
8-14 bright green eggs are are laid in two alternate rows on pine needles or in a random group on a cone; one generation per year; overwinters as adult in leaf litter, becoming active again in late spring or early summer
Internet References
Fact sheet (Barber 2004)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.First records of Tetyra bipunctata (Herrich-Schäffer 1839) in the western United States (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae: Pachycorinae
Clark A. 2016. Pan-Pac. entomol. 92: 113-118.