Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz



Ship Bugs, Saucer Bugs.

Salient features of adults. Foraging under water (in still waters).

Predacious (on crustaceans and insects). Large; about 15 mm long; fliers; swimming and moving under water the right way up; relatively stout bodied (widest across the middle of the abdomen). Head non-linear (wider than long). Rostrum clearly separated ventrally from the prosternum by a sclerotized gula; 3 segmented. Antennae inserted underneath the head and much shorter than it, generally invisible from above. Ocelli absent. Scutellum relatively small. Fore-wings well developed; in the resting insect lying more or less flat over the abdomen; differentiated into a basally thickened and a distally membranous region; with a clavus. Fore-legs modified and raptorial. Hind coxae mobile; hinged. The abdomen without a respiratory siphon.

Without a respiratory siphon; middle and hind legs hair-fringed for swimming; rostrum very short.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Notonectoidea.

British representation. 1 species in Britain (I. cimicoides); genera 1. Ilyocoris.

Illustrations. • Ilyocoris cimicoides (Southwood & Leston). • Ilyocoris and other aquatic bugs (Southwood & Leston). • Ilyocoris cimicoides, with Miridae, Aphelocheirus and Nepa: 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.’.