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A Seed Bug (Slaterobius quadristriata)


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State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for A Seed Bug (Slaterobius quadristriata). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Documented locations of Slaterobius quadristriata in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1S2
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: The members of the family Lygaeidae are true bugs in which the front portion of the wing is hardened (corium) and the posterior is membraneous. Milkweed bugs are in this family. They have 4-segmented antennae, 3-segmented tarsi, and two ocelli on the head. The antennae attach below the eyes. The front wings have 4-5 veins. The body shape is oval and flattened. Black with the head punctate and minutely wrinkled but not setose. Dull black pronotum has a distinct, narrow collar. Dull black corium with four white/gray stripes converging toward the base. The membraneous portion of the wing is brown with a pale spot. Legs are brown, paler at the knees, tarsi, and femora. Length of male about 7.5mm.

Similar Species: The common Slaterobius is insignis. It is a ground dweller and resembles an ant. It is found in dry fields throughout the summer. Head of this species is covered with setae.

Habitat: Lygaeides are seed-feeders and live on the ground or on vegetation.

Global Distribution: Eastern U.S.

Phenology: Collected in New Jersey on July 4 and September 7.



A Seed Bug

Slaterobius insignis

Photo © John Haarstad.

Last revised: Wednesday, November 07, 2018