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:HET01461
ITIS TSN#:104419

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton
County:Santa Cruz County
ECI Site#:CASP111001
Park/Forest:Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

RECOGNITION
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.

BIOLOGY
Food
Most are plant feeders, but many are predatory or zoophytophagous.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Scott Peden

REFERENCES
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#104419


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