Dr. Green Thumb Identification

Tree, Plant, Flower & Insect Identification

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Order: Hemiptera


Families: 
 

Belostomatidae (giant water bugs)
Aquatic insect. Predacious with raptorial forelegs, also have short apical filaments. Chitin is abundant in the legs and the wings. 
 
 
Cimicidae (bed bugs)
These bugs feed on human skin and are found in poorly maintained houses and hide in the seams of mattress and baseboards.  If present there are usually black spots found in your bed.
 
 
 
Coreidae (leaf footed & squash bugs)
Head is narrower then the pronotum, usually have a pronounced odor/smell, feed on plants, major plant pest.  The hind tibia is expanded and flattened, also has many veins on the forewings. 
 
 
 
Corixidae (water boatmen)
Aquatic insects, have protarsus speculate with natorial leg parts and fringed hair on the hind legs.  They swim with there dorsum up and are dark in color.  There sternum is light and notum is dark.
 
 
 
Gerridae (water striders)
These insects scoot on the surface of water but there apex of tarsus doesn't break water surface, have elongated legs with anteadical claws.
 
 
 
Lygaeidae (seed bugs)
Have 4-5 membranous veins on the bottom of forewings.  There color is red/black or orange/black.  They feed on grasses and seeds.
 
 
 
Miridae (plant/leaf bugs)
One key characteristic is a triangle on the wings also called a cuneous, and there forewings are bent.  They have a stylet for feeding and suck plant juices with it, There is also an X on there backs & at the base of the X are dark triangles.
 
 
 
Nabidae (damsel bugs)
On the end of the wings are lined cells.
 
 
 
 
Nepidae (water scorpions)
Aquatic insects with raptorial legs for grasping prey.
 
 
 
Notonectidae (back swimmers)
Aquatic insect that swims venter up (upside down).  Has fringed hind legs that are shaped oar-like.  The dorsum is strongly convexed which gives a hunch back appearance.  Has slender  forelegs, a light notum, and dark sternum.  They are predaceous and will bite you.
 
 
 
 
Reduviidae (assassin bugs)
Has a prosternal groove or area between the eyes that is neck like. Predaceous and aggressive.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pentatomidae (Stink bugs)
Shield shaped with 5 segmented antennae.