Plant Bug
( Miridae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Miridae
(Hahn ,1833 )
Common Name:Plant Bug
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Heteroptera
Family:Miridae
Taxon Code:HET02045
ITIS/TSN:104419

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
San Francisco, San Francisco, 2290 14th Ave (Herbert Hoover Middle School), San Francisco
County:San Francisco County
ECI Site#:CA38000000

RECOGNITION
Description
The unique characteristic of mirids is special setae ("trichobothria") on middle and hind femora. Other useful features include: 1. Lack of small, simple eyes called ocelli (NB: ocelli may be absent in other bugs, e.g. Cnemodus or Largidae, yet present in a few mirids (Isometopinae); 2) Presence of a cuneus (a hind section of the thickened anterior part of the front wing, set off from it by a crease) - also present in Anthocoridae, Cimicidae, and Microphysidae. 3) 2 Closed cells in the fore wing membrane. 4) Antennae mostly long and thin (usually shorter/thicker in Lygaeoidea and Coreoidea); 5) Legs slender, delicate.
Body Length
1.5-15 mm.
Diversity
1,930 species in 223 genera in our area; the largest heteropteran family, with more than 10,000 described species in about 1,300 genera worldwide.

BIOLOGY
Food
Most are plant feeders, but many are predatory or zoophytophagous.
Diversity
1,930 species in 223 genera in our area; the largest heteropteran family, with more than 10,000 described species in about 1,300 genera worldwide.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
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