Big-Eyed Bug
( Geocoris sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Geocoris sp.
(Fallén ,1814 )
Common Name:Big-Eyed Bug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Geocoridae
Subfamily:Geocorinae
Genus:Geocoris
Taxon Code:HET02394
ITIS/TSN:107737

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Body Length
3-5 mm.
Diversity
The Geocorinae is the only subfamily of the Geocoridae in North America, with 25 species, and about 170 species worldwide. Its family, Geocoridae has about 30 species in 2 genera in North America, with 275 species in 25 genera worldwide. This is by far the largest of the family genera.

BIOLOGY
Food
North American Geocorinae are predatory, with 2 small, exotic subfamilies that are phytophagous, and probably granivorous.
Habitat
On ground between clumps of weeds and sparse grass, especially in sandy places, in woods and near streams.
Importance
Big-eyed bugs are among the most abundant and important predaceous insects in many crops in the US, e.g. on cotton plantations.
Distribution
Worldwide and throughout North America.
Diversity
The Geocorinae is the only subfamily of the Geocoridae in North America, with 25 species, and about 170 species worldwide. Its family, Geocoridae has about 30 species in 2 genera in North America, with 275 species in 25 genera worldwide. This is by far the largest of the family genera.

CREDITS
Photographer
Juliene Johnson-Metsa
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Genus Geocoris - Big-eyed Bug. (bugguide.net/node/view/19062). Accessed October 8, 2016. .
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