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Genus Geocoris - Big-eyed Bugs

Big-eyed Bug - Geocoris punctipes Beetle Juice? - Geocoris uliginosus Bug with cantilevered eyes - Geocoris pallens Geocoridae, ventral - Geocoris limbatus Geocoris discopterus Geocoris pallens? - Geocoris Big-eyed Bug - Geocoris uliginosus Bug - 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)
Genus Geocoris (Big-eyed Bugs)
Explanation of Names
Geocoris Fallén 1814
Numbers
25 spp. in our area, ~150 total(1)
Size
3-4 mm
Identification
habitus images of 7 spp.(2)
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(3); in most crop systems in so. US
Food
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.
Remarks
abundant and important predators in many crops in the US(5), e.g. on cotton
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