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Title: Chapter 10: Plant bugs (Miridae)

item FERREIRA, P.S. - University Of Vocosa
item Henry, Thomas
item COELHO, L. - Universidade Federal De Vicosa

Submitted to: True Bugs (Heteroptera) of the Neotropics
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2015
Publication Date: 12/26/2015
Citation: Ferreira, P.F., Henry, T.J., Coelho, L.A. 2015. Chapter 10: Plant bugs (Miridae). True Bugs (Heteroptera) of the Neotropics. 237-286.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The Miridae, or plant bugs, with more than 1,300 genera and 11,130 described species, represent the largest and most diverse family of Heteroptera. Although many plant bugs are phytophagous and may cause serious damage to crops, a great many are predatory and may be important in biological control programs. In the Neotropics, about 561 genera and more than 3,400 species are included in seven of the world's eight recognized subfamilies. In this chapter, we give an overview of the classification, general life history, and economic importance, and provide identification keys to the Neotropical subfamilies and tribes. For each subfamily, we present a brief diagnosis, an overview of the respective tribes and subtribes, and key literature.