Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


Minute Bugs.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial (?).

Predacious (on small arthropods, such as booklice, springtails and aphids). Tiny; 0.5–2.4 mm long (‘less than 2.5 mm’); fliers, or non-fliers; emitting repugnatorial liquid as a defence reaction (?); relatively stout bodied; conspicuously stilt-legged to 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; 4 segmented; non-aristate. Ocelli present, or absent (when brachypterous). Scutellum relatively small. Fore-wings well developed (males), or conspicuous, but much shorter than the abdomen (females, which lack the hemelytral membrane); when macropterous, differentiated into a basally thickened and a distally membranous region; of the macropters, with a costal fracture and cuneus. Tarsi 2 segmented; two-clawed. Claws all apical. Pulvilli absent (?). The abdomen without ventral silvery pubescence.

Hemelytra not punctured, pronotum not keeled.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Cimicoidea.

British representation. 7 species in Britain; genera 2. Loricula, Myrmedobia.

Illustrations. • Myrmedobia, Loricula (Southwood & Leston). • Alleotomus, Deraecoris, Bryocoris, Monalocoris (Southwood & Leston). • Loricula and Myrmedobia, with Cimicidae: 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.’.