Arilus, or wheel bugs due to the semicircular crest on the pronotum,[1][2][3] is a genus of true bugs in the family Reduviidae, subfamily Harpactorinae and tribe Harpactorini. Most species are found in the Americas.[4] Arilus is a generalist predator of insects.[2]

Arilus cristatus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Reduviidae
Subfamily: Harpactorinae
Tribe: Harpactorini
Genus: Arilus
Hahn, 1831

See North American wheel bug for details about a representative species.

Species edit

Five extant species plus one fossil species are included within this genus:[5]

Three additional species originally described in the genus are currently incertae sedis.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ Aldrich, Jeffrey R.; Chauhan, Kamlesh R.; Zhang, Aijun; Zarbin, Paulo H.G. (2013). "Exocrine Secretions of Wheel Bugs (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Arilus spp.): Clarification and Chemistry". Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C. 68 (11–12): 522–526. doi:10.1515/znc-2013-11-1211. Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  2. ^ a b Laiton J., Laura A.; Giraldo-Jaramillo, Marisol; Forero, Dimitri; Benavides M., Pablo (2021). "The wheel bug Arilus gallus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae): life history and description of immature stages". Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 123 (3): 551–563. doi:10.4289/0013-8797.123.3.551.
  3. ^ Fitzsimmons, Jay M.; Fitzsimmons, Lauren P. (2010). "Pre-copulatory behavior of the wheel bug Arilus gallus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)". Entomological News. 121 (3): 304–307. Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  4. ^ GBIF: Arilus Hahn, 1831
  5. ^ a b "Arilus Hahn, 1831: Genus information BioLib". Retrieved 11 May 2020.

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