Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


Berytidae, Neididae.

Stilt Bugs.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial.

Phytophagous (often on legumes). Tiny, or small; 4–12 mm long; fliers, or non-fliers; emitting repugnatorial liquid as a defence reaction; with narrow-elongate bodies; conspicuously stilt-legged. Head strongly transversely grooved (constricted) between the eyes (cf. Reduviidae). Rostrum clearly separated ventrally from the prosternum by a sclerotized gula; 4 segmented. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; 4 segmented; non-aristate. Ocelli present. Fore-wings well developed to vestigial or absent (?); in the resting insect lying more or less flat over the abdomen; when macropterous, differentiated into a basally thickened and a distally membranous region. Tarsi 3 segmented (?). Pulvilli present. The abdomen without ventral silvery pubescence.

Insects with red or yellow ground colour; last antennal segment expanded and with a dark tip; femora expanded and usually darkened towards the tips.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Lygaeoidea.

British representation. 13 species in Britain; genera 5. Berytinus, Cymus, Gampsocoris, Metatropis, Neides. E.g., Gampsocoris punctipes (Elegant Stilt-bug); Berytinus clavipes.

Illustrations. • Gampsocoris punctipes (Elegant Stilt-bug: B. Ent. 150). • Berytinus clavipes (dissections: B. Ent. 150). • G. punctipes, B. clavipes (legend+text: B. Ent. 150). • G. punctipes, B. clavipes (text: B. Ent. 150, cont.). • Cymus melanocephalus and Metatropis rufescens (Southwood & Leston). • Berytinus, Cymus, Gampsocoris, Metatropis and Neides, with Lygaeidae and Rhopalidae: 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.’.