Heteroptera (weed bioagents)

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Gargaphia decoris female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): S.E. Thorpe
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Heteroptera (weed bioagents) - bugs against weeds

This suborder contains insects with sucking mouthparts. The rostrum usually originates at the apical tip of the head rather from a ventral part like, for example, in the Sternorrhyncha. The forewings (hemelytra) are typically divided into a sclerotized, basal part (the corium) and a soft and thin apical part (the membrane). The wings are folded flat over the abdomen. The tarsi have 2-3 segments.

The group includes several species which feed on weeds and are considered useful biological control agents. This group is covered here.

The Heteroptera contain more than 50,000 species with various types of life styles and feeding habits. This page refers to weed bioagents only, for other groups of Heteroptera see:

The following families of Heteroptera containing weed bioagents have been entered into the system: