Ecosystem Science Reserve
Insects of Cedar Creek
The Squash Bugs (120 NA spp, 12 MN spp) comprise a small family of plant
feeders. Merocoris distinctus
is quite common on Solidago
in prairie fields.
feeds on Pin Oak saplings and
has been taken in small numbers from a variety of fields.
is a specialist on Slender Four-o'clock (Oxybaphis
) and is common in the burned savanna south of Fish Lake where
its host is abundant. Leptoglossus
is a large leaf-footed bug that feeds in red pine
cones. It is most commonly observed in the fall when adults are searching
for hibernation sites. Nisoscolopocerus
is a brachypterous ground-dwelling Coreid
that has been collected from a few xeric fields and savannas. I had mistakenly
thought it an Aradid until John Lattin recognized it. Anasa
(Squash Bug) and Coriomeris
have also been collected.