Submitted to: Russian Entomology Journal
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 30, 2006
Publication Date: September 15, 2006
Citation: Henry, T.J. 2006. Izyacapsus (Heteroptera: Miridae: Orthotylinae), a new ceratocapsine plant bug genus, established to accommodate two new species from Mexico. Russian Entomology Journal. 15:163-170.
Interpretive Summary: Plant bugs represent the largest and most economically important family of true bugs. Species, such as lygus bugs and the cotton fleahopper, are important pests causing millions of dollars in losses annually to agricultural crops. Many plant bugs are poorly known and difficult to identify. This paper provides information on two species new to science from Mexico that possess unique morphological characters important for better understanding relationships within a larger group of bugs also found in the United States. Each species is illustrated, hosts and distributions are presented, and an identification key is provided to help recognize them. This information will be valuable to researchers working on insect classification and relationships and to agricultural specialists involved in the biological control and identification of crop and ornamental insect pests.
The genus Izyacapsus is established to accommodate the two Mexican new species I. kerzhneri n. sp. (from the states of Mexico, Michoacan, Puebla, and Veracruz) and I. rubrocuneatus n. sp. (from the states of Mexico, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, and Veracruz). For each new species a photograph of the male and female, scanning electron photomicrographs of selected structures, and illustrations of male genitalia are provided. An identification key to the new species is provided to facilitate recognition.