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Bruchomorpha tristis - No Common Name



© Paul Scharf- nymph

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: CALISCELIDAESubfamily: CaliscelinaeTribe: Peltonotellini
Taxonomic Author: Stål, 1862
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide, GBIF                                                                                  
Description: One of the largest members of the genus; a uniform, iridescent, shiny black species with a very flat, oval-shaped face. Some specimens occasionally have a narrow bronze stripe on the frons and vertex, while other specimens can have a dark red-brown head and thorax. There is pretty much no 'nose' or head projection present on this species, and there is a small round bulge extending on the underside of the head, characteristic of this species. The legs are black. Adults are 2.6-3.5 mm long. (Doering, 1939)

For nice images of an adult, see here.

Nymphs are typically dark overall, with the characteristic flat face of the adult. Both adults and nymphs have dark legs, helpful when differentiating from other species.

Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Transcontinental, found across the United States and Canada (UDEL)
Abundance: Recorded from several counties in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, with a majority of records from the Piedmont; probably more abundant in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been found in grassy, brushy, field-type habitat.
Plant Associates: Probably grasses
Behavior:
Comment: Sometimes adults are macropterous and have very pronounced wings, differing from the typically brachypterous individuals that have very reduced wings.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Bruchomorpha tristis No Common Name

Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: NYMPH, Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy habitat on the side of the road; 2 nymphs and 1 adult
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy habitat on the side of the road; 2 nymphs and 1 adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy habitat on the side of the road; 2 nymphs and 1 adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy habitat on the side of the road; 2 nymphs and 1 adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy habitat on the side of the road; 2 nymphs and 1 adult
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: grassy/brushy habitat on the side of the road; 2 nymphs and 1 adult
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf, Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping