True Bugs – Hemiptera Pictures & Bio

Hemiptera means half wings; hemi = half, ptera = wings. The front wings of these insects are divided between a thickened basal region and a membranous tip.

Western Box-elder Bug
Widespread across the US, the Box-elder Bug belongs to the family of scentless plant bugs.
Harlequin Cabbage Bug
All "true bugs" have incomplete metamorphosis. This means they experience three life stages of egg, nymph and adult.
Brazilian Leaf-Footed Bug
This sap-sucking Leaf-Footed Bug from Southern Brazil shows it's swollen femora hind legs.
Giant Water Bug
These large and powerful insects are as adept at swimming as they are at flying.
Bug Nymphs
This kindergarten was found on the underside of a leaf exhibiting a tightly clustered and well choreographed dance around one another until they finally dispersed.
Red Bug
This family of tropical bug feeds mainly on the juices of rotting vegetation.
Stink Bug
Stink bugs are named for their ability to exude a foul smelling substance from a pore on each side of their thorax.
Assassin Bug
Assassin bugs gain their sinister name from their habit of lying in ambush for their insect prey.
Flat Bark Bug
These strange flattened bugs, feed on fungus growing on the bark of trees and have the habit of dropping to the ground and disappearing in the leaf litter when disturbed.
Stink Bug nymph
Stink bugs can be recognized by their characteristic oval body shape and each antennae being comprised of five segments.
Mating Stink Bugs
In many insects, the male and female adults vary in size, coloration and form.