Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


Cryptostemmatidae, Ceratocombidae.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial (in wet places).

Probably predacious. Tiny; 1.1–2.4 mm long; fliers; relatively stout bodied. Head non-linear. Rostrum clearly separated ventrally from the prosternum by a sclerotized gula; short, or longer in Ceratocombus 3 segmented. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; 4 segmented; non-aristate; with segments 3 + 4 very slender, and twice as long as segments 1 + 2 (the basal two small, the third and fourth long and pilose, the third basally swollen). Ocelli present; 2 (so close to the eyes as to be easily overlooked). Scutellum relatively small. Fore-wings well developed; more or less uniform in texture; with a costal fracture and cuneus (the fracture short in Ceratocombus, extending half-way across the hemelytron in the other two species); with a clavus. Hind coxae mobile; hinged. Tarsi 3 segmented. Pulvilli absent (?). The abdomen without ventral silvery pubescence.

Head porrect.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Dipsocoroidea.

British representation. 3 species in Britain; genera 3. Ceratocombus, Cryptostemma, Pachycoleus.

Illustrations. • Ceratocombus coleoptratus, Cryptostemma alienum (Southwood & Leston). • Ceratocombus coleoptratus and Cryptostemma alienum, with Cimicidae and Saldidae: 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.’.