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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Miridae

Plant Bugs


Key Characters:

  • Ocelli absent
  • Wings angle down behind abdomen
  • Cuneus present in front wings

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The plant bugs are the most abundant family in the Hemiptera-Heteroptera order.  They are generally spotted feeding on plants or perching on a leaf.  Certain species of this family are herbivore and others are predaceous.  These small, soft-bodied creatures are distinguished by a four segmented antennae, a beak, and a cuneus on the front wings.