Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


~ Cimicidae-Anthocorinae.

Flower Bugs.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial.

Predacious (on small, usually immobile invertebrates), or blood-suckers. Tiny to small; 2–6 mm long (‘6 mm or less’); fliers, or non-fliers; emitting repugnatorial liquid as a defence reaction; relatively stout bodied; not stilt-legged. Head non-linear. Rostrum clearly separated ventrally from the prosternum by a sclerotized gula; 3 segmented. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; 4 segmented; non-aristate; with segments 3 + 4 less than twice as long as 1 + 2. Ocelli present. Metathorax with a scent-gland opening, comprising a funnel surrounded by a dull patch of elaborately sculptured cuticle, visible laterally on either side. Fore-wings well developed (mostly), or vestigial or absent; when macropterous, with a costal fracture and cuneus; of macropters, with a clavus. Tarsi 3 segmented; two-clawed. Claws all apical. Pulvilli absent. The abdomen without ventral silvery pubescence.

Small, flattened, elongate, soft-bodied bugs, with non-raptorial fore-legs; body hairs normal, by contrast with those of Cimicidae.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Cimicoidea.

British representation. 35 species in Britain; genera 5. Acompocoris, Anthocoris, Elatophilus, Temnostethus, Tetraphleps.

Illustrations. • Anthocoris and Acompocoris (Southwood & Leston). • Anthocoris (larva), Temnostethus, Tetraphleps (Southwood & Leston). • Acompocoris, Anthocoris (4 spp.), Elatophilus, Temnostethus and Tetraphleps, with Orius: Saunders (1892)..

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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.’.