Bordered Plant Bug
( Largus cinctus )


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PHOTO COMMENT
Though currently a valid species (ITIS), Halstead (1972; see reference below), after examining specimen from seven populations of Largus cinctus ranging from Washington to southern Mexico, found that some specimen in any population matches Van Duzee's description of californicus . Halstead therefore considers californicus a synonym of cinctus. However, Dr. Carl Schaefer thinks that both species - L. californicus and L. cinctus - are valid. (pers. communication, HW). The genus is currently being reviewed by Schaefer & Ahmad (in preparation).

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Largus cinctus
(Herrich-Schaeffer ,1842 )
Common Name:Bordered Plant Bug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Largidae
Genus:Largus
Taxon Code:HET00179
ITIS/TSN:108218

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Mendocino County, Mendocino County, 5401 Canyon Rd., Willits
County:Mendocino County
ECI Site#:CA23942300

RECOGNITION
Recognition
A western species, similar to L. succinctus Linnaeus, but coxae, trochanters, and proximal ends of femora all red to yellow-orange (in succinctus only the trochanters and proximal ends of femora are orange to orange-red) From the key by Halstead (1970)]. The genus Largus is being reviewed by Schaefer & Ahmad (in preparation).
Description
A western species, similar to L. succinctus Linnaeus, but coxae, trochanters, and proximal ends of femora all red to yellow-orange (in succinctus only the trochanters and proximal ends of femora are orange to orange-red) [From the key by Halstead (1970)]. The genus Largus is being reviewed by Schaefer & Ahmad (in preparation).
Body Length
13-17 mm.

BIOLOGY
Range
Western North America from British Columbia to southern Mexico, and east to central Texas (from Halstead; see reference below)
Development
The most detailed account is on the closely related species L. californicus (Van Duzee), by Carey C. Booth.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
ITIS.


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