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True Bugs
(Class Insecta, Order Hemiptera)
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Order Hemiptera

General: The order Hemiptera has been in flux, but apparently it now includes four suborders: Heteroptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Sternorrhyncha, and Coleorrhyncha. Coleorrhynchans only occur in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hemipterans are recognized by their mouthparts, which are modified into a beak that they use mostly for piercing plants and sucking fluids. When not feeding, Hemipterans tuck their beak under their chin and chest. Most Hemipterans have forewings with membranous and hardened portions.

Family Notonectidae: Back Swimmers Suborder Heteroptera: Shield bugs, seed bugs, assassin bugs, flower bugs, and water bugs such as backswimmers, water striders, and riffle beetles (aka: creeping water bugs). This is a large group of relatively large bugs.
desert cicada Suborder Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadas, leafhoppers, treehoppers, planthoppers, and froghoppers, spittlebugs.
Suborder Sternorrhyncha Suborder Sternorrhyncha: Aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, and scale insects. This is a group of small and very small bugs.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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