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. Small; about 5 mm long (one species), or 9 mm long (the other); fliers; conspicuous jumpers; relatively stout bodied. Rostrum not separated from the prosternum by a gula. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; consisting of short segments with a terminal, unsegmented arista that is much longer than the segments. Ocelli present; 2; between the eyes. Thorax conspicuously crested (and hugely extended posteriorly). Tegulae absent. Fore-wings well developed; in the resting insect sloping roof-like over the abdomen; more or less uniform in texture; with transparent cells; without costal fracture and cuneus; with a clavus; with conspicuously raised, reticulate venation. Clavus without convergence of veins to form a Y. Hind coxae immobile (forming transverse plates occupying most of the ventral surface of the metathorax). The posterior tibiae longitudinally keeled. Tarsi 3 segmented.

The pronotum extended posteriorly to form a hood over the abdomen, and bent so that its front and the dorsal surface of the head are almost vertical.

Taxonomy. Suborder Homoptera. Auchenorrhyncha. Membracoidea.

British representation. 2 species in Britain; genera 2. Centrotus, Gargara. E.g., G. genistae (Broom Tree-hopper).

Illustrations. • Gargara genistae (Broom Tree-hopper: B. Ent. 313). • Gargara genistae (detail: B. Ent. 313). • Gargara genistae (dissections: B. Ent. 313). • Gargara genistae (legend+text: B. Ent. 313). • Gargara genistae: B. Ent. 313, text cont.). • Centrotus cornutus and Gargara genistae, with Cicadidae, Issidae and Tettigometridae: Edwards.

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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.’.