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Scentless plant bugs
Scentless plant bugs (Rhopalidae), also called rhopalid bugs, are a family of insects in the order true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies (Hemiptera and Rhynchota), the suborder true / typical bugs (Heteroptera), the infraorder Pentatomorpha and the superfamily Coreoidea. The scentless plant bugs are divided into two subfamilies (Rhopalinae and Serinethinae). The subfamily Rhopalinae includes the tribes Rhopalini, Chorosomini, Harmostini and Niestrheini.

The genera Arhyssus, Aufeius, Brachycarenus, Corizus, Chorosoma, Harmostes, Liorhyssus, Myrmus, Niesthrea, Rhopalus and Stictopleurus belong to these 4 tribes. Species from these genera are: Brachycarenus tigrinus, Chorosoma schillingi, Corizus lateralis, Corizus scutatus, Corizus viridicatus, Corizus miriformis, Corizus crassicornis, Corizus bohemanii, Corizus indentatus, Corizus scotti, Corizus hyalinus, Corizus hyoscyami, Harmostes reflexulus, Liorhyssus hyalinus, Myrmus miriformis, Niesthrea louisianica, Rhopalus tigrinus, Rhopalus maculatus, Rhopalus parumpunctatus, Rhopalus subrufus, Stictopleurus cf. pictus, Stictopleurus abutilon, Stictopleurus punctatonervosus and Stictopleurus crassicornis.

The subfamily soapberry bugs (Serinethinae) includes the genera Boisea, Jadera and Leptocoris with, for example, these species: Boisea rubrolineatus, Jadera haematoloma, Leptocoris tagalicus, Leptocoris rufomarginatus and Leptocoris mitellata.

Scentless plant bugs are commonly found throughout the world. They can reach body lengths of 8-14 mm and are usually light coloured. They are easily identified by the numerous veins in their wings and their poorly developed scent glands. Scentless plant bugs prefer to live in fields, meadows and on trees. They are solitary insects but sometimes live sociably.
Scentless plant bugs mainly feed on soft materials - leaves, flowers, young stems - and herbaceous plants and can cause considerable damage to crops when they occur en masse.

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