Aradidae

Pronunciation:  [A·RAD·i·dae]

Common Name:  Flat Bugs

Description:  Flat bugs live under the loose bark of dead trees.  Little is known about their biology, but they probably feed on fungal secretions or other products of decay.  They can be recognized by the unusually thin profile of the body.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Unusually flat body;  brown or black in color
  2. Four-segmented antennae
  3. Ocelli absent
  4. Lateral margins of abdomen extend well beyond wings

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera