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Helmeted Squash Bug (Euthochtha galeator)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Helmeted Squash Bug



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The Helmeted Squash Bug loves to drink plant juices and can put up quite a stink if you insist on bothering it.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Helmeted Squash Bug is considered a pest of plants in the squash family, like pumpkins, gourds and zucchini. Adults feed on plant juices to the point of destroying the plant rendering it inedible for human consumption. The small red (newly hatched) or black-and-tan nymphs have a different body shape. The head and thorax of a nymph are slender and small compared to the wide, oval abdomen. Sharp black spines project from the whole body, with short ones studding the legs. Eyes are red, and long antennae are tan with black, flattened discs near the tips. Adults are brown with broad shoulders. The flared-out sides of the abdomen have light dashes along the edges.

They range across the entire North American continent. They can be found in forests, fields, gardens and on shrubs. The Helmeted Squash Bug, like all Leaf-Footed Bugs, can emit an malodorous secretion when disturbed or threatened.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Coreidae
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          Genus: Euthochtha
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            Species: galeator
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Euthochtha galeator
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 0mm to 0mm (0" to 0")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, white
Descriptors: thighs, spikes, legs, garden pest
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Helmeted Squash Bug may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Helmeted Squash Bug. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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