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Lygaeus equestris (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Entomart
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Langwanzen
• English: seed bugs
lygaeid bugs
• Español: ligeidos
• Français: lygéidés

Lygaeidae - (seed bugs)

This family is widely distributed and contains around 1,000 species of plant sucking bugs which often feed on seeds. An example of a crop pest is the false chinchbug (Nysius raphanus) which feeds on Brassicas and various other crops.

The adults are elongated or oval in shape, about 5-20 mm long. They may be coloured brightly red or brownish with black marks. The antennae are inserted well down on the sides of the head and have 4 segments. Ocelli are usually present and the rostrum has 4 segments. The scutellum has raised ridges.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered in the system: