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Any of numerous insects of the order Hemiptera, having mouthparts used for piercing and sucking and two pairs of wings, and including the cicadas, the aphids, and the heteropterans, such as the assassin bugs and the water striders.

he·mip′ter·an, he·mip′ter·ous (-tə-rəs) adj.
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(Animals) Also called: hemipteron any hemipterous insect
(Animals) another word for hemipterous
[C19: from hemi- + Greek pteron wing]
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(hɪˈmɪp tər ən)

adj. n.
2. Also, he•mip′ter•on`. a true bug; hemipterous insect.
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Noun1.hemipteran - insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the basehemipteran - insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Hemiptera, order Hemiptera - plant bugs; bedbugs; some true bugs; also includes suborders Heteroptera (true bugs) and Homoptera (e.g., aphids, plant lice and cicadas)
leaf bug, plant bug - small bright-colored insect that feeds on plant juices
lygaeid, lygaeid bug - a true bug: usually bright-colored; pest of cultivated crops and some fruit trees
coreid, coreid bug - a true bug
bed bug, bedbug, chinch, Cimex lectularius - bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood
backswimmer, Notonecta undulata - predaceous aquatic insect that swims on its back and may inflict painful bites
true bug - any of various insects of the order Hemiptera and especially of the suborder Heteroptera
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* Nutritive-like tissue (NLT): tissue surrounding gall chambers, usually of hemipteran (phloem-sucking insect) galls, which is not a feeding source for the inducers.
Naturally occurring parasitism by Hymenoptera was assessed by collecting hemipteran eggs in the field and setting out sentinel egg masses.
In early research, the platform has been shown to be comparable or superior to commercial comparators in trials evaluating performance against lepidopteran, hemipteran, and other pests.
Rare prey types included Plecoptera larvae, amphipods, Coleopteran larvae, Hemipteran larvae, ostracods, and two terrestrial invertebrates.
External morphology of antennal and rostral sensillae in four hemipteran insects and their possible role in host plant selection.
Description and diagrams of hemipteran anatomy, including Belostoma, can be found in Merritt and Cummins (1995), and the general appearance of B.
The mouthparts of the hemipteran insects are organs connected with feeding, comprising the unpaired labrum in the front, a median hypopharynx behind the mouth, a pair of mandibles and maxillae laterally, and usually a segmented labium [1, 2].