Pentatomoidea Home page
Dr. David Rider
| Welcome to the Pentatomoidea Home Page.
This website contains (or will contain) a wealth of information on the various
families of the Pentatomoidea (especially the Pentatomidae), and even some
information that will be of general interest to Heteropterists. This
superfamily belongs in the hemipteran infraorder Pentatomomorpha, and it contains
the following families: Acanthosomatidae, Aphylidae, Canopidae, Cydnidae,
Dinidoridae, Lestoniidae, Megarididae, Pentatomidae, Phloeidae, Plataspididae (Plataspidae),
Scutelleridae, Tessaratomidae, Thaumastellidae, Thyreocoridae (Corimelaenidae),
and Urostylididae (Urostylidae). More information on each of these families is presented
within the Systematics section of this website.
This website also contains information on
present day pentatomid
and biographical and type information on
past heteropteran workers. It
also contains a
bibliography of references pertaining to all aspects of the Pentatomoidea. There
are alphabetical indices to pentatomoid
species, with more specific information on various genera and species.
Updated versions of the catalogs of the Dinidoridae and the Tessaratomidae are
included (or will be soon), as well as a list of additions and corrections to the
| I am also compiling lists of
host plant records, prey host records, and parasitoid and predator records.
Finally, I plan to include various collection lists, lists of identifications,
and notes I have taken from my various visits to research museums. This is
all with the hope of aiding others in conducting research on this fascinating group
So, please take some time and browse the
various sections of this website. I will gladly receive any comments
and/or criticisms (suggestions) that will help improve this site. I am
also willing to identify (or at least try) any pentatomoid specimens from
anywhere in the world. Please contact me first, but I have never said no
yet. Also, let me know if you have any questions pertaining to pentatomoid
systematics, ecology, etc.
David A. Rider
Professor of Entomology
North Dakota State University
18 Jan 2011
Published by the
Department of Entomology
Prospective students may schedule a visit by calling 1-800-488-NDSU.