Pronunciation:  [A·LID·i·dae]

Common Name:  Broadheaded Bugs

Description:  The alydids usually feed on grasses and weeds.  They are similar to squash bugs, but more elongate in shape with a head that is nearly as broad as the thorax.


Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Elongate body
  2. Four-segmented antennae
  3. Trapezoidal pronotum is less than twice the width of head (including eyes)
  4. Membrane of forewing with numerous longitudinal veins
  5. Ocelli present

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera