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True bugs

ORDER: HEMIPTERA

(Ancient Greek - hemi = half ; pteron = wing)

Feed on plant sap, using their specialised piercing, sucking mouthparts, can be large

Insects in this order

  • Common froghopper (spittle bug)

    © Roger Key Philaenus spumarius spittle bug nymph True bugs have mouthparts that are specialized for piercing and sucking: most feed on plant juices though some are predators. They include plant-bugs, bed-bugs, water-boatmen, aphids, leafhoppers, froghoppers, and (in warmer climates) cicadas...
  • Common lime aphid

    Aphids are plant feeding insects. Some aphids species feed on just one plant species, but others feed on several different plants or switch between plant species during successive lifecycle stages or annual seasons.
  • Green shieldbug

    © Roger Key Green shieldbug Palomena prasina True bugs have mouthparts that are specialized for piercing and sucking: most feed on plant juices though some are predators. They include plant-bugs, bed-bugs, water-boatmen, aphids, leafhoppers, froghoppers, and (in warmer climates) cicadas...

Did you know?

Most gregarious hibernators

Cluster flies and ladybirds hibernate in roof space in their thousands, in spring they leave a chemical marking a safe site.

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