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Heteroptera
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Latreille, 1810

The Heteroptera is a group of about 40,000 species of insects in the Hemiptera. They are typical bugs.

"Heteroptera" is Greek for "different wings": most species have front wings with both membranous and hardened portions (called hemelytra.

The name "Heteroptera" is used in two different ways in modern classifications. In Linnean nomenclature it is a suborder of the order Hemiptera. In cladistics it is an unranked clade in the Hemiptera clade.[1]

Selected families of Heteroptera

Heteropteran anatomy

Generalized morphology of a Shield bug Pentatomoidea

A: head; B: thorax; C: abdomen. 1: claws; 2: tarsus; 3: tibia; 4: femur; 8: compound eye; 9: antenna; 10: clypeus; 23: laterotergites; 25: pronotum; 26: scutellum; 27: clavus; 28: corium; 29: embolium; 30: membrane.

Waterbugs

"Waterbug" is a common name for various aquatic insects.

Selected families of water bugs

References

  1. Tree of Life Web Project. 2005. Heteroptera. True bugs. Version of January 1, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2008.