Order Hemiptera – true bugs
Hemiptera means “half wing”
- Named for fore wings that are hardened near the base, and membranous near the ends
- Hind wings entirely membranous (Lacking in some)
- When at rest, fold all 4 wings over each other, resulting in an “X” pattern
- Mouthparts are modified for piercing and sucking.
- Many feed on plant fluids
- Diverse order with widely varied habitats worldwide