Hemiptera (bugs, cicadas, whiteflies, aphids, etc.)

Bugs are characterised by their long piercing beaks which are used by some for feeding on plants and by others for feeding on other insects. Often mistaken for beetles these insects are quite different.

Above: a cicada. These insects are known for their loud song. They live underground for many years and emerge to become adult for only a short while. This one has only just emerged and you can see its old skin.

Above: a hawthorn sheild bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale). This bug feeds on the juices of plants and fruits.

Above: Aphids suck the juices from plants. Much of the sugar is secreted by the aphids which attracts ants. The presence of the ants helps to keep predators away from the aphids.

 

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