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

Infraorder Cimicomorpha

Spike - Assassin Bug nymph - Sinea Insect in bird cage - Hesperocimex coloradensis Cimex adjunctus-Eastern Bat Bug - Cimex adjunctus Plant Bugs  Genus Plagiognathus - Plagiognathus True Bug? - Neurocolpus Physatocheila? - Physatocheila variegata Mating, Zelus tetracanthus? - Zelus tetracanthus - male - female Plant Bug Nymph Maybe ?
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.