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Hemiptera (True Bugs)

Alydus eurinus (Broad-headed Bug)

Order: Hemiptera Family: Alydidae Genus: Alydus Alydus eurinus`, in the family Alydidae commonly known as broad-headed bugs, belongs to the Order Hemiptera (true bugs, hoppers)(1).  The Order Hemiptera comes from hemi for half and ptera for wings which describes that the anterior portion of the front wings are often thickened and the distal portions membranous (1).  The …

Euthyrhynchus floridanus (Florida Predatory Stink Bug)

Order: Hemiptera Family: Pentatomidae Genus: Euryrhynchus The family Pentatomidae or Stink Bugs is a large group with over 200 North American species. They are often brightly colored or conspicuously marked. Some stink bugs are herbivorous and others, such as this species, are predators. When picked up they secrete a defensive chemical with a disagreeable smell, hence “stink …

Leptoglossus phyllopus (Eastern Leaf-footed Bug)

Order: Hemiptera Family: Coreidae Genus: Leptoglossus Leptoglossus phyllopus belongs to the family Coreidae, commonly known as the Leaf-Footed Bugs, named for their leafy-looking hind tibiae (1). When handled, these bugs give off a distinct odor from scent glands on their thorax. Leptoglossus phyllopus is dark brown with a distinctive white band across the wings when at rest (2). …

Oncopeltus fasciatus (Large Milkweed Bug)

Order: Hemiptera Family: Lygaeidae Genus: Oncopeltus Oncopeltus fasciatus, the Large Milkweed Bug, feeds on milkweed plants, preferentially the flower buds and seed pods, which are rich in nutrients.  This species occurs throughout the eastern and southwestern United States, westward to South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. The specimen pictured here was found feeding on nectar in the Sarah P. …

Pselliopus barberi (Orange Assassin Bug)

Order: Hemiptera Family: Reduviidae Genus: Pselliopus Pselliopus barberi is an assassin bug (Family Reduviidae), and is common along the east coast and in the southeastern United States. It is frequently found on flowers or foliage in the spring and fall. Like other assassin bugs, is predatory and feeds on other insects. It is very similar in appearance …