Forero, Dimitri Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Characters Defining Hemiptera
- “Homoptera”: Not a Natural Group
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An order of insects belonging to a group denominated Paraneoptera, including the true bugs. The order Hemiptera is the fifth largest group of insects after Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera, and it is the most diversified group of insects with incomplete metamorphosis. Within Hemiptera, four main groups (suborders) are recognized: Sternorrhyncha, Auchenorrhyncha, Coleorrhyncha, and Heteroptera (Fig. 1). See also: Insecta
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