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Genus Geocoris - Big-eyed Bug

Big-eyed Bug - Geocoris uliginosus Big-Eyed Bug - Geocoris uliginosus Big-Eyed Bug - Geocoris punctipes Big-eyed bug from Montana 10.07.08 - Geocoris atricolor Geocoridae - Geocoris Small Bug - Geocoris pallens Miridae ??? - Geocoris uliginosus Big-eyed Bug - Geocoris atricolor
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)
Genus Geocoris (Big-eyed Bug)
Explanation of Names
Geocoris Fallén 1814
Numbers
25 spp. in our area(1), ~170 worldwide(2)
Size
3-4 mm
Range
most of NA and the world; G. punctipes and G. pallens are the most common species along the cotton belt.
Habitat
On ground between clumps of weeds and sparse grass, especially in sandy places, in woods and near streams(1). southern regions of the U.S. in most cropping systems
Food
generalist predators of small arthropods(2)
Life Cycle
overwinter as adults. Eggs that are laid singly on leaves or stems hatch in approximately one week. Big-eyed bugs have five nymphal instars, each of which lasts from 4 to 6 days. Adults live approximately one month and a female can lay up to 300 eggs during her adult life span.
Remarks
Big-eyed bugs are among the most abundant and important predaceous insects in many crops in the US(3), e.g. on cotton plantations
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