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Capsid bug - Plagiognathus arbustorum
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Capsid bugs - Miridae
The Miridae (plant bugs, leaf bugs and grass bugs) are also known as capsid bugs. They form a family within the order Hemiptera and Rhynchota (true bugs, cicadas, hoppers, aphids and allies), the suborder true bugs (Heteroptera) and the infraorder Cimicomorpha.
There are more than 10,000 species worldwide, around 1,170 species in Europe and 400 in Germany. Some examples of species are: Lygus pratensis, Rhabdomiris striatellus and Lygocoris pabulinus. There are approximately 1000 genera including: Calocoris, Campylomma, Creontiades, Deraeocoris, Diaphnocoris, Leptoptera, Lopidia, Lygus, Orthotylus, Pameridea, Phytocoris and Psallus). Miridae reach body lengths of 2-15 mm. Their bodies are usually oblong and often differ dramatically in colour and appearance. Some species look similar to ants.
Miridae have antennae with 4 segments and have simple eyes (ocelli). The front wings are only slightly hardened (hemielytra).
Most specialized Miridae feed on plant juices. Others are carnivorous or omnivorous. To lay eggs, the female uses its ovipositor to bore into plant tissue. The larvae shed their skin five times before reaching adulthood. European species overwinter in the egg stage.
Further chapters of "Capsid bugs"
- Plagiognathus arbustorum
- Chlamydatus pullus
- Excentricus planicornis
- Alfalfa plant bug
- Black kneed capsid
- Campyloneura virgula
- Harpocera thoracica
- Deraeocoris ruber
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