Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz



Beet Bugs.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial.

Phytophagous (especially on Chenopods). Tiny; 2–3 mm long; fliers, or non-fliers; relatively stout bodied (elongate-oval); 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 (in macropterous forms). 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. Hind coxae mobile; rotatory. Tarsi 2 segmented. Claws all apical. Pulvilli present. The abdomen without ventral silvery pubescence.

Superficially tingid-like insects, with red or yellow ground colour; pronotum covered with a dense pattern of punctures and with two or three longitudinal keels, not covering the scutellum; hardened part of fore-wing covered with a similar dense pattern of punctures; head anteriorly bifid.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Lygaeoidea.

British representation. 2 species in Britain; genera 1. Piesma.

Illustrations. • Piesma quadratum (Southwood & Leston). • Gastrodes abietum, 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.’.