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Half-spotted stink bug - Graphosoma semipunctatum
Half-spotted stink bug - Graphosoma semipunctatum


Half-spotted stink bugs
Half-spotted stink bugs (Graphosoma semipunctatum) is a species of the genus Graphosoma, in the order true bugs (Hemiptera), the suborder typical bugs (Heteroptera), the infraorder Pentatomomorpha, the superfamily Pentatomoidea, the family stink bugs and shield bugs (Pentatomidae), the subfamily Podopinae and the tribe Graphosomatini. Graphosoma semipunctata is a scientific synonym for this species. Graphosoma semipunctatum are widespread in the Mediterranean region, but in this not common.
Adult half-spotted stink bugs reach body lengths of 10 - 15 mm. The body is black and red in colour. The pronotum is red with black edges and bears 10 black spots, which vary in shape and sometimes converge. The edges of the abdomen (connexives) have stripes lengthwise. The underside is spotted black. Half-spotted stink bugs can be confused with Graphosoma lineatum or Graphosoma italicum.
Half-spotted stink bugs prefer warm, sunny coastal areas with sandy soils, dunes and rich deposits of flowering plants, in particular the parsley family (Apiaceae). From April to September the half-spotted stink bug can be found mainly on beach thistle (Eryngium maritimum). It feeds on various plant parts. The half-spotted stink bug is ready to reproduce in September.

Graphosoma semipunctatum
Common namesHalf-spotted stink bug
German namesFleckige Streifenwanze
French namesGraphosome ponctué
AuthorJohann Christian Fabricius, 1775
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (Germany), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain)), West Europe (France (South France (Corsica))), Southeast Europe (Greece, Yugoslavia (Croatia))
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Cyprus, Israel))


CountriesCroatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Spain
Links and ReferencesGraphosoma semipunctatum in faunaeur.org
Graphosoma semipunctatum in Wikipedia (English)

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1. Half-spotted stink bug - Graphosoma semipunctatum
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderParaneoptera
OrderHemiptera
Hemipterans, True bugs, Cicadas, Aphids, Hoppers, Allies, Bugs
SuborderHeteroptera
True bugs, Bugs, Gerrids
InfraorderPentatomomorpha
SuperfamilyPentatomoidea
FamilyPentatomidae
Terrestrial turtle bugs, Stink bugs, Shield-backed bugs, Terrstrian turtle bugs, Shield bugs, Stinkbugs
SubfamilyPodopinae
Turtle Bugs
TribeGraphosomatini
GenusGraphosoma
Striped shield bugs
Speciessemipunctatum
Graphosoma semipunctatum
Half-spotted stink bug
AuthorFabricius, 1775
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