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Ocelli present. A pair of fingerlike processes on front of head.

These bugs feed on various weeds and trees. They are not common.

STILT BUGS Family Berytidae Identification: Slender, usually brownish, 5-9 mm. Legs and antennae long and slender; antennae 4-segmented, 1st segment very long, 4th segment short and spindle-shaped. Beak 4-segmented. Ocelli present. Tarsi 3-segmented.

Stilt bugs are fairly common and usually found on vegetation. They are plant feeders.

BUG (Emesinae)

BUG (Emesinae)

SEED BUGS Family Lygaeidae See also Pl. 3

Identification: Small to medium-sized, elongate to oval, and fairly hard-bodied. Antennae and beak 4-segmented. Tarsi 3-segmented, with a pad at base of each claw. Front femora sometimes thickened. Membrane of FW with only 4 or 5 veins. Ocelli nearly always present.

Members of this large group are often common on vegetation. They are 3-15 mm. but most are less than 10 mm. Color varies considerably: majority are brownish, though some are brightly patterned; 2 species that feed on milkweed seeds (for 1, see PL 3) are red and black. Most species feed on seeds. The Chinch Bug, Blissus leucopterus (Say), which feeds on the sap of the host plant, is a serious pest of wheat and other grains. Members of the subfamily Geocorinae, often called big-eyed bugs, sometimes feed on other insects.

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