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Subfamily Podopinae - Turtle Bugs

Amaurochrous cinctipes Amaurochrous cinctipes Amaurochrous sp. - Amaurochrous Turtle Bug - Amaurochrous cinctipes Pentatomidae, Turtle Bug, dorsal - Amaurochrous brevitylus Turtle Bug, head - Amaurochrous cinctipes Turtle Bug - Amaurochrous cinctipes Podopinae, Turtle Bug, head - Amaurochrous brevitylus
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 Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs)
Subfamily Podopinae (Turtle Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sometimes given family status (Podopidae)(1)
Explanation of Names
Podopinae Amyot & Serville 1843
called turtle bugs because of their shape or because some prefer marshy areas(2)
14 spp. in 6 genera in our area, all in the Podopini(3); ~250 spp. in 64 genera of 5 tribes worldwide(4)
scutellum greatly enlarged, similar to the Scutelleridae(5)
keys/revision in(6)
much more diverse in the Old World(2)
swampy areas
mosquito abatement practices (drainage, sprays) may have decimated these rare bugs (D.B. Thomas, pers. comm.)
several spp. are important pests of rice in both the Old World (Scotinophara) and New World (Amaurochrous)(2)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
2.The Heteroptera (Hemiptera) of North Dakota I: Pentatomomorpha: Pentatomoidea
Rider D.A. 2012. Great Lakes Entomologist 45: 312-380.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.Rider D. (2006-2013) Pentatomoidea home page
5.An updated synopsis of the Pentatomoidea (Heteroptera) of Michigan
Swanson D.R. 2012. Great Lakes Entomologist 45: 263-311.
6.A revision of the turtle bugs of North America (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)
Barber H.G., Sailer R.I. 1953. J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 43: 150-162.