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Genus Geocoris - Big-eyed Bugs

Large Big-Eyed Bug - Geocoris floridanus Big-Eyed Bug - Geocoris uliginosus Big-Eyed Bug - Geocoris punctipes Big-Eyed Bug - Geocoris punctipes Small Fast Big-eyed Bug - Geocoris bullatus  Big eyed bue Geocoris punctipes? - Geocoris Black True Bug with wide head - Geocoris uliginosus Pidgeon Point 1 - Geocoris
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 Bugs)
Explanation of Names
Geocoris Fallén 1814
25 spp. in our area, ~150 total(1)
3-4 mm
habitus images of 7 spp.(2)
most of NA and the world; G. punctipes and G. pallens are the most common species along the cotton belt
On ground between clumps of weeds and sparse grass, especially in sandy places, in woods and near streams(3); in most crop systems in so. US
generalist predators of small arthropods(4)
Life Cycle
Overwinter as adults. Eggs that are laid singly on leaves or stems hatch in approximately one week; a female can lay up to 300 eggs during her life. Five nymphal instars, 4-6 days each.
abundant and important predators in many crops in the US(5), e.g. on cotton
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