Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/19/2002
Publication Date: 1/19/2003
Citation: Henry, T.J., Brambila, J. 2003. First report of the neotropical damsel bug alloeorhynchus trimacula (stein) in the united states, with new records for two other nabid species in florida (heteroptera: nabidae: prostemmatinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 105: 801-808 Interpretive Summary: Damsel bugs are a relatively small group of predatory true bugs important in agricultural crop systems. Several species are among the most important predators in cereal and forage crops in the United States. In this paper, a damsel bug (Alloeorhynchus trimacula) is reported for the first time in the United States based on specimens collected in two Florida counties. Provided in this paper are photographs and other information on how to separate this newly discovered damsel from other North American damsel bugs. Also given are the first a report of another damsel bug (Phorticus collaris) in Florida and additional county records for a third damsel bug (Pagasa confusa). This information will be of interest to all agriculturalists interested in biological control of crop pests and predators.
Technical Abstract: The first report for the prostemmatine nabid Alloeorhynchus trimacula (Stein) in the United States is given based on specimens collected in two counties of Florida. We diagnose the genus Alloeorhynchus, redescribe and provide photographs of the adult male and female of A. trimacula, and give other diagnostic information to help separate this newly discovered immigrant from other North American Nabidae. Also given are the first report of Phorticus collaris (Stål) in Florida and additional Florida records for Pagasa confusa Kerzhner.