Tritomegas bicolor

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Tritomegas bicolor
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Cydnidae
Genus: Tritomegas
Species: T. bicolor
Binomial name
Tritomegas bicolor
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms
  • Sehirus bicolor (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Cimex bicolor Linnaeus, 1758[1]

Tritomegas bicolor, the pied shield bug, is a species of shield bug found in Europe. The adult is black and white and 5.5–7 mm (0.22–0.28 in) long.[2]

Tritomegas bicolor

It is found across North Africa, Europe and Central Asia,[1] although in the British Isles, it becomes rarer towards the north, and is absent from Scotland and Ireland.[2] T. bicolor lives mainly on the ground, but is also visible on its host plants — chiefly Lamium (dead nettles) and Ballota nigra (black horehound).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hassan Ghahari, Frédéric Chérot, Rauno E. Linnavuori & Hadi Ostovan (2009). "Annotated catalogue of Iranian burrower bugs (Heteroptera, Pentatomoidea, Cydnidae)". ZooKeys 26: 1–31. doi:10.3897/zookeys.26.214. 
  2. ^ a b c Tristan Bantock & Joseph Botting. "Tritomegas bicolor Pied Shieldbug". British Bugs — an online identification guide to UK Hemiptera. Retrieved December 5, 2009.