Subject: Neacoryphus lateralis?
Location: Santa Fe, NM
May 3, 2014 1:08 pm
I was walking around Santa Fe, NM yesterday and somehow ended up with this guy tangled in my hair! My sister extricated it and identified it as some sort of benign seed bug, so we released it nearby after taking some pictures. It looks to me like the Neacoryphus lateralis specimens in your site’s seed bug files. I don’t remember seeing any other individuals in the area, though–just this one!
We are in total agreement with your identification, but in the interest of modern taxonomy, we need to make a correction. The genus for this Seed Bug is now listed on BugGuide as being Melacoryphus lateralis, and there is a note: “Orig. Comb: Neacoryphus lateralis Dallas, 1852″ which implies genus lumping.