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Infraorder Cimicomorpha

6010326 Tingidae LACE BUG - Gargaphia tiliae Assassin - Melanolestes picipes - female plant bug 9387 - Deraeocoris ruber lace bugs - Corythucha marmorata Thread-legged Bug - Barce Minute Pirate Bug - Orius insidiosus very small and ? - Sinea Plant Bug - Orthocephalus coriaceus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Numbers
worldwide, ~20,600 spp. in >2700 genera of 17 families, arranged into 7 superfamilies; includes two largest heteropteran families (Miridae & Reduviidae)(1)
Range
worldwide(1)
Life Cycle
several families are exclusively or almost exclusively zoophagous, Cimicidae, Polyctenidae, and Triatominae are all hematophagous; the largest family, Miridae, is mostly herbivorous but contains many predators (in almost every subfamily), mixed feeders, as well as a few mycophagous genera(1)
Works Cited
1.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.