Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz




Salient features of adults. Terrestrial.

Phytophagous. Tiny; (1.5–)2.5(–3) mm long; represented by ‘normal’ insects only; fliers. Head non-linear. Rostrum ostensibly originating between the front legs; not separated from the prosternum by a gula. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; 7 segmented; non-aristate. Fore-wings well developed; in the resting insect lying more or less flat over the abdomen; more or less uniform in texture; without costal fracture and cuneus; without a clavus; without conspicuously raised, reticulate venation. Tarsi 2 segmented; two-clawed (with a pad-like empodium or spine between them).

Insects covered with white powdery secretion; wings opaque, clouded or mottled with spots or bands; fore- and hind-wings of similar size and texture..

Taxonomy. Suborder Homoptera. Sternorrhyncha. Aleyrodoidea.

British representation. 18 species in Britain; genera 10. Aleurochiton, Aleuroplatus, Aleurotrachelus, Aleyrodes, Asterochiton, Dialeurodes, Pealius, Siphoninus, Tetralicia, Trialeurodes.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera. Version: 16th May 2016.’.