Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz



Sphagnum Bugs.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial to dwelling (skating) on the surface of water (semi-aquatic, in wet places, often in Lemna or Sphagnum).

Predacious, or feeding on dead arthropods (on living or dead arthropods). Tiny; 1–2 mm long; fliers; relatively stout bodied; not stilt-legged. Head non-linear. Rostrum clearly separated ventrally from the prosternum by a sclerotized gula; 4 segmented. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; 5 segmented; non-aristate. Ocelli present (?). Fore-wings well developed (Hebrus pusillus), or vestigial or absent (usually, in H. ruficeps); in the resting insect lying more or less flat over the abdomen; of macropters, differentiated into a basally thickened and a distally membranous region. Hind coxae mobile; rotatory. Tarsi 2 segmented (the basal segment very small). Claws all apical. Pulvilli absent. The abdomen covered ventrally with dense, silvery pubescence.

Underside of abdomen covered with dense, silvery hairs; prosternum without a stridulatory groove.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Gerroidea (or Hebroidea).

British representation. 2 species in Britain (H. pusillus and H. ruficeps); genera 1. Hebrus.

Illustrations. • Hebrus pusillus, and micropterous Hebrus ruficeps (Southwood & Leston). • Hebrus pusillus, with assorted unrelated taxa: 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.’.