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

Infraorder Cimicomorpha

Striped Bug, side view - Pselliopus cinctus Plant Bug - Phytocoris Phymatinae - Phymata fasciata Beetle or Bug? - Melanolestes picipes Bug nymph Trigonotylus caelestialium? - Trigonotylus caelestialium Zelus cervicalis  - Zelus cervicalis ambush bug - Phymata
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.