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

Infraorder Cimicomorpha

Spined Assassin Bug - Sinea spinipes Assassin Bug - Pnirontis modesta - female Funky orange bug - Zelus Anthocorid - Xylocoris Assassin Bug - Zelus tetracanthus Thread legged bug? - Zelus luridus Assassin bug nymph? Cryptic plant bug on side of tree - Phytocoris
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.