Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


Woolly Aphids.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial.

Phytophagous (tapping phloem). Tiny to small (?); represented by ‘normal’ insects only; fliers and non-fliers; conspicuously stilt-legged to not stilt-legged. Head plus thorax of apterae not exceeding that of the abdomen. Rostrum ostensibly originating between the front legs; not separated from the prosternum by a gula. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; 1–6 segmented. Antennae of apterae 4–6 segmented. Antennae non-aristate. Fore-wings well developed, or vestigial or absent; in the resting insect sloping roof-like over the abdomen; more or less uniform in texture; when macropterous, without costal fracture and cuneus; without a clavus; with four oblique veins. Tarsi 2 segmented; two-clawed. The abdomen equipped with a pair of secretory ‘cornicles’ (siphunculi) towards the rear (reduced), or without secretory ‘cornicles’.

Fore- and hind-wings when present clear, of similar texture.

Taxonomy. Suborder Homoptera. Sternorrhyncha. Aphidoidea.

British representation. 38 species in Britain; genera 20. Aloephagus, Aploneura, Asiphum, Baizongia, Cerataphis, Colopha, Eriosoma, Forda, Geoica, Kaltenbachiella, Mimeuria, Paracletus, Patchiella, Pemphigus, Prociphilus, Rhizomaria, Schizoneura, Sminthurodes, Tetraneura, Thecabius, Truncaphis.

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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.’.