True Bugs – Hemiptera Pictures & Bio

Hemiptera means half wings; hemi = half, ptera = wings. The front wings of these insects are divided between a thickened basal region and a membranous tip.

Many Hemiptera suck plant juices although some have evolved to suck blood and body fluids. Hemiptera groups include water scorpions, water boatman, backswimmers, water striders, plant bugs, bed bugs, assassin bugs, flat bugs, seed bugs, red bugs and stink bugs.

Western Box-elder Bug

Widespread across the US, the Box-elder Bug belongs to the family of scentless plant bugs. Read More (Pest Library)

Harlequin Cabbage Bug

All “true bugs” have incomplete metamorphosis. This means they experience three life stages of egg, nymph and adult. Read More

Brazilian Leaf-Footed Bug

This sap-sucking Leaf-Footed Bug from Southern Brazil shows it’s swollen femora hind legs. Read More

Giant Water Bug

These large and powerful insects are as adept at swimming as they are at flying. Read More

Red Bug

This family of tropical bug feeds mainly on the juices of rotting vegetation. Read More

Stink Bug

Stink bugs are named for their ability to exude a foul smelling substance from a pore on each side of their thorax. Read More (Pest Library)

Assassin Bug

Assassin bugs gain their sinister name from their habit of lying in ambush for their insect prey. Read More

Flat Bark Bug

These strange flattened bugs, feed on fungus growing on the bark of trees and have the habit of dropping to the ground and disappearing in the leaf litter when disturbed. Read More