Black Grass Bug
( Irbisia sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Irbisia sp.
(Reuter ,1875 )
Common Name:Black Grass Bug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Miridae
Subfamily:Mirinae
Tribe:Mirini
Genus:Irbisia
Taxon Code:HETKS006
ITIS/TSN:104887

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, McAvoy Road, Bay Point
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB040000
Open Space Location:Bay Point Regional Shoreline

RECOGNITION
Diversity
4 or more species in California. 24 Species in North America.

BIOLOGY
Host
Hosts are various grasses (Poaceae), but late in the season the adults disperse to wide variety of other plants.
Habitat
Common in chaparral, steppe, open woodland and certain grassland situations.
Importance
These bugs are common in early spring. They appear on grass which they damage by their feeding. Signs of their feeding include stippling on bent grass blades that may have turned light brown, red or purple.
Range
Western North America (west of ~100°W).
Diversity
4 or more species in California. 24 Species in North America.

CREDITS
Photographer
Mike Dame
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Genus Irbisia. (bugguide.net/node/view/238272). Accessed June 19, 2016. .
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