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Flat Bugs (family Aradidae) are fittingly named, being indeed the most compressed members of the true bug order Hemiptera. Among flat bugs, though, there are orders of flatness, and this Aneurus may be a candidate for flattest of all aradids. Thin as card stock, Aneurus can squeeze beneath the bark of dead trees to access the fungal threads upon which it feeds. This diet, unusual for a true bug, is achieved with another odd trait: coiled mouthparts, which unravel in tight quarters much easily compared to the straight beak typical of true bugs. Remarkably, many flat bugs also care for their young, a habit exhibited by few hemipteran families.
Dead trees of various species, each with their distinct fungal communities, support different flat bug species. This tough-looking Aneurus inconstans is apparently associated with fir trees.
Aradidae: Aneurinae: Aneurus inconstans
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Parasitized true bug eggs (Hymenoptera). Normally, the eggs won't have such a black area on top of the lighter part of the egg. The black part shows where the parasitic wasp is (probably as a pupa now). One wasp has already left an egg, as you can see by hole that has been cut in one of the eggs.
10-09-2017, the Netherlands

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Cicadas are so cool. They symbolize rebirth and immortality. Their buzz is literally the sound of summer. Some can take 17 years to fully develop.

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One of the prettier bugs we have here in Australia. The Cotton Harlequin bug (Tectocoris diopthalmus) These beauties are known as jewel bugs (Family Scutelleridae) and are closely related to “stink bugs” (Pentatomidae) but I’ve never had one stink me, although they do have that ability. Kids at the school routinely squish these and say it’s because they are stink bugs. 💔 So, of course I educate them and say whats the harm even if they stink you? Their stink smells like cleaner. I could understand if it smelled like 💩 #entomology #insect #insects #Bug #Hemiptera #truebug. #australianinsects #love #nature #zoology #wildlife #biology #naturelover #naturelovers #Scutelleridae #pentatomoidea

A planthopper perches on a fern frond high up in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. Members of the family Dictyopharidae lack common names, with a few exceptions such as the widespread Partridge Bug of North America. What they do share are very stretched faces, from the prominent forward snout, to the rearward pointing beak here visible as the light tan tube beneath the green abdomen. This individual is striking a distinctive upright posture, with its powerful hind legs firmly planted and ready to launch it away from any potential threats.
Dictyopharid planthoppers reach peak diversity in the tropics. Most species are highly specific to what plants they feed on; I found adults and nymphs of this Lappida species mainly on ferns.
Hemiptera: Dictyopharidae: Lappida sp.
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A lovely little Birch Shield Bug (Elasmostethus interstinctus) missing an antenna.
Feeds on birch, aspen, and devil's club.
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No.135 - I've been seeing these guys for weeks now but they had hitherto evaded my lens. The Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus) is a large brown bug in the Leatherbug (Coreidae) family. There are quite similar species in this family, however the Dock Bug has the unique feature of two small horn-like projections between its antennae. I took a few photos of this individual, but I really loved this angle, showing the lesser-seen underside, and it also shows really clearly those projections. It also looks dead cute giving us a wave 👋 :::
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Picking some #kangkong out of my pond and see this tiny #cutelittlebug #insect

Look who was hanging out on the bedroom window - Jimmy the Western Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus clypealis)

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