Spot ID Characters for the Order

HEMIPTERA
Suborder HETEROPTERA


Key Characters:

  • Mouthparts form tubular proboscis at front of head
  • Front wings (hemelytra) cross over to form "X"-pattern on back
  • Triangular scutellum in center of back
  • Front wings leathery at base and membranous toward apex
  • Common Families:

  • Reduviidae -- Assassin Bugs
  • Miridae -- Plant Bugs
  • Pentatomidae -- Stink Bugs
  • Coreidae -- Squash bugs and Leaffooted Bugs
  • Belostomatidae -- Predaceous Diving Bugs
  • Corixidae -- Water Boatmen
  • Gerridae -- Water Striders
  • Notonectidae -- Backswimmers




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    Last Updated:   11 November 2007
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    John R. Meyer
    Department of Entomology
    NC State University