Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Infraorder Cimicomorpha

Sinea nymph - Sinea Stenodema trispinosum Plant Bug - Plagiognathus tsugae Mirid in CA 10.07.19 - Proba californica unknown assassin bug - Heza similis Green skinny bug in meadow - Megaloceroea recticornis Unknown Bug - Stenodema Bat bug Cimex pilosellus - Cimex
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.