Boisea trivittata

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B. trivittata close-up. From http://boxelderbug.com/

Taxonomy and Systematics

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Hexapoda (6 legged)

Class: Insecta

Order: Hemiptera

Suborder: Heteroptera

Family: Rhopalidae (Scentless Plant Bugs)

Subfamily: Serinethinae Stal, 1862

Genus: Boisea

Species: Boisea trivittata Say, 1825

Descriptive notes

Adults are approximatley 12.5mm long, primarily dark brown/black with red wing vein markings on the abdomen.

General distribution and habitat

Box Elder Bugs can are found primarily on boxelder, maple and ash trees, and often are found inside houses during the fall months. They are a highly specialized species and feed almost exclusivley on Acer seeds.

Campus distribution

Individual B. trivitatta was found in a grass field ecosystem (the gravel path in front of the Dickinson Science building) on the Bennington College campus: 4/26/2011. It was initially identified using How to Know the Insects, and confirmed using the American Insects handbook.

Citations

  • Arnett, Ross H. American Insects: a Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico. Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 2000. Print.
  • "ITIS Standard Report." Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Web. 29 Apr. 2011. <http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN>.
  • Jaques, H.E., How to Know the Insects. Dubuques, Iowa: WM. C. Brown Company Publishers, 1947. Print.
  • Marshall, S. A. Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity : with a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America. Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2006. Print.

-Stephanie van Ryzin