Pronunciation:  [Row·PAL·i·dae]

Common Name:  Scentless Plant Bugs

Description:  Rhopalids are often found feeding on seeds or weedy vegetation.  They are similar to squash bugs, but usually smaller in size and lighter in color.  They lack the prominent metapleural scent glands found in some other families of Heteroptera.


Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Similar to squash bugs, but lacking metapleural scent glands
  2. Four-segmented antennae
  3. More than 5 parallel veins in front wing membrane
  4. Ocelli present

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera