Geocoridae

Pronunciation:  [Jee·o·COR·i·dae]

Common Name:  Big-eyed Bugs

Description:  Big-eyed bugs are important predators of mites, insect eggs, and small insects.   They are small (generally less than 5 mm in length) but found in a wide variety of habitats, including fields, gardens, and turf grass.  The broad head with bulging eyes is a distinctive feature of this family.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Body broadly oval in shape
  2. Wide head with bulging compound eyes
  3. Four-segmented antennae
  4. Ocelli present
  5. Wing membrane with four or five parallel veins

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera