In this paper an attempt has been made to present an adequate list of Lygaeidae found in Iowa and Illinois, and to indicate what is known of the intrastate distributions of the various species. This paper is limited to geographic considerations and, in this sense, assumes the character of a "local list"' as no biological or ecological considerations are discussed. It is felt that our knowledge of the Nearctic Lygaeidae has reached a degree of maturity where knowledge of state and lesser faunal areas is essential to encourage the badly needed bionomic work that should develop with a relatively stable and mature taxonomy. The author hopes in the future to supplement this distributional study by contributions dealing with bionomic aspects of the various species of the family. It is also hoped that this list will encourage local collectors to fill the gaps still present in our knowledge and also be of aid to ecologists, students of animal distribution and those contemplating faunal listings of other areas.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1952 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Slater, James A.
"An Annotated List of the Lygaeidae of Iowa and Illinois (Hemiptera: Heteroptera),"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 59(1), 521-540.
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