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Family Geocoridae - Big-eyed Bugs

Big-eyed Bug - Geocoris Big-eyed Bug - Geocoris pallens Hemiptera 11 - Geocoris Black True Bug with wide head - Geocoris uliginosus Geocoris - Geocoris pallens Geocoridae? - Geocoris uliginosus Big-eyed Bug Hemiptera - Geocoris - Geocoris
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 Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Lygaeoidea
Family Geocoridae (Big-eyed Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated under Lygaeidae
Explanation of Names
Geocoridae Baerensprung 1860
Numbers
~30 spp. in 2 genera in our area (all in Geocorinae), ~300 spp. in 35 genera of 5 subfamilies worldwide; Geocoris, with ~150 spp., is by far the largest genus(1)
Size
~3-5 mm
Identification
Habitus distinctive, with eyes prominent, partially wrapping around the front angles of the pronotum. Dorsum conspicuously punctate. Claval commisure very short or absent.
Range
worldwide and throughout NA(1)
Food
Geocorinae are predatory, the rest (2 small subfamilies, not in NA) are assumed to be phytophagous, probably granivorous(2)
Print References
both papers out-of-date
Barber H.G. (1935) New Geocoris from the United States, with key to species (Lygaeidae: Geocorinae). J. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 43: 131–137. (Full text)
McAtee W.L. (1914) Key to the nearctic genera and species of Geocorinae (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 27: 125–136. (Full text)