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Typical Bug - Heteroptera - Elasmostethus interstinctus
Typical Bug - Heteroptera - Elasmostethus interstinctus (Pictures of bugs)


Bugs (Heteroptera)
Bugs (Heteroptera), sometimes called “true bugs”, belong to the order Hemiptera. In Europe there are about 1, 000 species, however there are approximately 40, 000 species worldwide.
Forest bug - Pentatoma rufipes
Forest bug - Pentatoma rufipes (Pictures of bugs)
Some examples are: bedbugs (Cimex lectularius), damsel bugs (Nabidae), Pentatomidae, fire bugs (Pyrrhocoridae), Tingidae, quash bugs (Coreidae), stilt bugs (Berytidae), flat bugs (Aradidae), assassin bugs and Miridae.
Green shield bug - Palomena prasina
Green shield bug - Palomena prasina (Pictures of bugs)
Heteroptera have a wide variety of forms. With regard to their habitat and way of life they also vary greatly. There are plant sucking species, predatory species and parasites such as the bedbug (Cimex lectularius). Their habitats range from forests and meadows to human dwellings. Some species prefer humid locations such as swamps, while others live in sand or salt, or in or on water. In rare cases they even appear on the open sea.
Liocoris tripustulatus
Liocoris tripustulatus (Pictures of bugs)
As is typical of insects, bugs’ bodies comprise three sections. In general, they have a broad and oblate shape (flattened at the end). At the front, they have a sucker and 2 antennae. Heteroptera are mostly plant suckers. Ectoparasites such as the bedbug (Cimex lectularius) suck blood.
Striped stink bug -  black and red striped bug
Striped stink bug - black and red striped bug (Pictures of bugs)
Assassin bugs carry diseases. Furthermore mass occurrences of bugs such as the Aelia acuminata, the Eurydema oleracea or the Dolycoris baccarum cause damage to crops. The Lygaeus equestris, however, won the Insect of the Year 2007 Award. It feeds on plant juices and is completely harmless to humans.
Typical Bug - Firebug
Typical Bug - Firebug (Pictures of bugs)

Families121
Genera7.388
Species43.422
Common namesTrue bugs, Bugs, Gerrids
German namesWanzen
Dutch namesWantsen
Finnish namesLuteet
Norwegian namesTeger
Swedish namesSkinnbaggar
Italian namesCimici
French namesHétéroptères, Punaises
AuthorLatreille, 1810
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia (Asia, Europe, Russia, Caucasus)

America (North America, South America, Central America, Caribbean)

Africa (East Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa, North Africa, West Africa)

Oceania (Australasia, Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia)

Antarctica (Antarctic Islands)


Ecozones:

Palaearctic (West Palaearctic, East Palaearctic)

Nearctic, Afrotropical, Neotropical, Indo-Australian region (Oriental, Malesia)


Fossils:

Cenozoic (Paleogene, Neogene, Quaternary)

Paleozoic (Permian, Ordovician, Carboniferous, Silurian, Devonian)

Mesozoic (Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic)


World Oceans:

Pacific Ocean (Pacific Islands)

Atlantic Ocean (British overseas territory Atlantic)

Indian Ocean


Countries
Checklists
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Links and ReferencesHeteroptera in bie.ala.org.au
Heteroptera in faunaeur.org
Heteroptera in itis.gov
Heteroptera in dyntaxa.se
Heteroptera in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Bugs"
- Green shield bug
- Forest bug
- Liocoris tripustulatus
- Birch Catkin Bug
- Firebug
- Graphosoma lineatum
- Common Green Capsid
- Lygus pratensis
- Common Flower Bug
- Stenodema Laevigata
- hawthorn shield bug
- Spike Shouldered Stink Bug
- Parent Bug
- Birch Shield Bug
- Troilus luridus
- Gonocerus insidiator
- Shore Bugs
- Lace Bugs
  - Andromeda lace bug
- Capsid bugs
  - Plagiognathus arbustorum
  - Chlamydatus pullus
  - Excentricus planicornis
  - Alfalfa plant bug
  - Black kneed capsid
  - Campyloneura virgula
  - Harpocera thoracica
  - Deraeocoris schach
  - Orthops basalis
  - Adelphocoris quadripunctatus
  - Orthocephalus saltator
  - Mirid Bug
  - Heterotoma planicornis
- Scentless plant bugs
  - Rhopalus subrufus
- Flower bugs
- Stink Bugs
  - Half-spotted stink bug
  - Rhaphigaster nebulosa
  - Southern green stink bug
  - Ornate Shieldbug
  - Red shield bug
  - Carpocoris purpureipennis
  - Hairy Shieldbug
- Shield bugs
- Seed bugs & Chinch bugs
  - European Chinchbug
  - Black-and-Red-bug
  - Spilostethus pandurus
  - Melanocoryphus albomaculatus
  - Spilostethus saxatilis
- Assassin bugs
  - Coranus aegyptius
  - Rhinocoris erythropus
- Leaf-footed Bugs
  - Rhombic Leatherbug
  - Dock Bug
- Water bugs
  - Common Water Strider
- Backswimmers
- Damsel bugs
  - Marsh Damsel Bug
  - Common Damsel Bug
- Burrowing Bugs
  - Ramburs Pied Shieldbug
Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Typical Bug - Heteroptera - Elasmostethus interstinctus
2. Forest bug - Pentatoma rufipes
3. Green shield bug - Palomena prasina
4. Liocoris tripustulatus
5. Striped stink bug - black and red striped bug
6. Typical Bug - Firebug
Quick search: Heteroptera - Bug - Black - Insects - Red - Habitat
Insect - Bugs - Shield - Firebug - Stink - Stripes - Birch - Damage
Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderParaneoptera
OrderHemiptera
Hemipterans, True bugs, Cicadas, Aphids, Hoppers, Allies, Bugs
SuborderHeteroptera
True bugs, Bugs, Gerrids
AuthorLatreille, 1810
 
Synonyms
Amphibicorizae
Geocorisae (Vervoort, 1949)
Geocorizae
Hydrocorizae
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