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. Tiny; 4–4.5 mm long; fliers; not jumpers. Head non-linear. 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; behind the eyes (on the cheeks). Tegulae present. Fore-wings well developed; in the resting insect sloping roof-like over the abdomen; more or less uniform in texture; with opaque cells (the cells opaque); without costal fracture and cuneus; with a clavus; without conspicuously raised, reticulate venation (finely pitted). Clavus with two veins uniting posteriorly to form a Y (though they are indistinct). Hind coxae immobile. Tarsi 3 segmented.

Tegulae present and covering bases of fore-wings; fore-wings hardened and finely pitted; mesonotum smooth and without keels.

Taxonomy. Suborder Homoptera. Auchenorrhyncha. Fulgoroidea.

British representation. 1 species in Britain (T. impressopunctata); genera 1. Tettigometra.

Illustrations. • Tettigometra impressopunctata, with Cicadidae, Issidae and Membrassidae: 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.’.