Heteroptera

suborder of insects

The Heteroptera is a group of about 40,000 species of insects in the Hemiptera. They are typical bugs.

Heteroptera
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Heteroptera

Latreille, 1810

"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.[1]

Selected families of HeteropteraEdit

Heteropteran anatomyEdit

 
Generalized morphology of a Shield bug Pentatomoidea

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.

WaterbugsEdit

"Waterbug" is a common name for various aquatic insects.

Selected families of water bugsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tree of Life Web Project. 2005. Heteroptera. True bugs. Version of January 1, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2008.