Plant bugs

I hese elongate or oval bugs are usually quite delicate and fragile. The different species display a great diversity of colors and markings.

• LIFE Cycle Eggs are typically inserted inside plant tissues. There arc five nymphal stages. The nymphs - and adults - of most species suck plant sap, but many will attack small, soft-bodied prey such as aphids and scale insects.

• OCCURRENCE Worldwide. In a wide range of well-vegetated habitats.

• REMARK Many plant bug species are pests, damaging crops such as grasses, cotton, coffee, and potatoes. Some predacious species have been used as biological control agents of red spider mites on fruit trees.

< deraeocoris rl 7ier is a predacious species. Both adults and nymphs feed on aphids and other small insects.

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<1 Pi i ha ni is ma e uk iii is found throughout the British Isles, usually in damp meadows.

adults of this species have very short wings

<1 Pi i ha ni is ma e uk iii is found throughout the British Isles, usually in damp meadows.

adults of this species have very short wings ova! body

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/'ABIJLINUS, or the Common Círeen ( lapsid, is widespread in Europe and a serious pest of fruit crops.

< deraeocoris rl 7ier is a predacious species. Both adults and nymphs feed on aphids and other small insects.

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0rder HEMIPTKRA

Family NAUCOKIDAK

No. of species 400

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