suborder of insects in the order Hemiptera
The Heteroptera is a group of about 40,000 species of insects in the Hemiptera. They are typical bugs.
|A pair of pondskaters mating|
"Heteroptera" is Greek for "different wings": most species have front wings with both membranous and hardened portions (called hemelytra.
The name "Heteroptera" is used in two different ways in modern classifications. In Linnean nomenclature it is a suborder of the order Hemiptera. In cladistics it is an unranked clade in the Hemiptera clade.
Selected families of HeteropteraEdit
- Assassin bugs
- Broad-headed bugs
- Bedbugs and flower bugs
- Plant bugs
- Leaf-footed bugs, squash bugs and sweetpotato bugs
- Seed bugs
- Stink bugs or shield bugs and related families)
A: head; B: thorax; C: abdomen. 1: claws; 2: tarsus; 3: tibia; 4: femur; 8: compound eye; 9: antenna; 10: clypeus; 23: laterotergites; 25: pronotum; 26: scutellum; 27: clavus; 28: corium; 29: embolium; 30: membrane.
"Waterbug" is a common name for various aquatic insects.
Selected families of water bugsEdit
- Backswimmers (Notonectidae)
- Giant water bugs (Belostomatidae)
- Water scorpions (Nepidae)
- Water boatmen (Corixidae)
- Pond skaters (Gerridae)
- Smaller water strider (Veliidae)
- ↑ Tree of Life Web Project. 2005. Heteroptera. True bugs Archived 2019-11-30 at the Wayback Machine. Version of January 1, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2008.