Minnesota True Bugs, Hoppers, Aphids,
and Allies


Order Hemiptera

Hemiptera (true bugs) is the order of insects that is characterized by having piercing and sucking proboscis (mouthparts), and wings that are thickened at the base but membraneous (thin, flexible, and often transparent) at the end. The order includes true bugs, whiteflies, aphids, scales, mealybugs, cicadas, leafhoppers, treehoppers, planthoppers, and spittlebugs.

There are about 80,000 named Hemiptera species in 37 families worldwide, 10,200 species in about 1,600 genera in North America north of Mexico.

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Coppery leafhopper

Coppery leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria) is a common, medium-sized, slender leafhopper. It occurs throughout the eastern half of the United States and in adjacent Canadian provinces. In Minnesota it has been recorded only in the southeast quarter of the state.

Coppery leafhopper is said to feed on woody species. In 1975 it was suggested that the subspecies Jikradia olitoria floridana was a vector of strawberry pallidosis. This was later rejected when in 2006 the greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum was discovered to be the true vector of the disease.

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Coppery leafhopper adults are about ¼ long and variable in color. They are usually light brownish-gray to medium brownish-black, sometimes dark and bluish, sometimes entirely light brownish-yellow. Females always have pale wing bands. Males are always dark brown or rusty brown and have no pale bands.

Little is known of the biology of leafhoppers in the subfamily Coelidiinae.

Green plant bug

Plant bugs (family Miridae) is the largest family of true bugs (suborder Heteroptera). There are more than 10,000 known species worldwide, several hundred in North America. Green plant bug (Ilnacora malina) is a small, soft-bodied true bug, a medium-sized to large plant bug. It occurs in the United States east of the Great Plains, from Vermont to Minnesota south to Missouri and Virginia, and in adjacent Canadian provinces. Based on the number of reported sightings in North America, it is not very common.

Green plant bug is green with black spots on the forewings and thorax. The forewings have a black membranous section at the tip. The antennae are very long, as long as the forewings. The legs are long, delicate, and green.

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Green plant bug is found from mid-June to late July in damp, shady, grassy and weedy areas. It sucks the juices from the leaves and stems of giant ragweed, goldenrod, and possibly other plants.

Four-lined plant bug

Four-lined plant bug (Poecilocapsus lineatus) is a small, soft-bodied, colorful, true bug. It is common in northeastern and midwestern North America, including Minnesota. It is easily identified by the bright yellow or green body with four black stripes and the orange head. It can be seen from May to July in meadows, gardens, agricultural fields, and around homes.

Four-lined plant bug is considered a pest due to the damage it causes to ornamental plants. Adults and larvae feed on the leaves of herbaceous plants, especially those in the mint and aster families. Leaf damage appears as small, 1 16 or less in diameter, light or dark spots on the leaf surface. The color of the spot varies with the species of the host plant. The spots are collapsed leaf tissue which eventually falls out leaving small holes. Larvae cause more leaf damage than adults.

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Citrus flatid planthopper

A planthopper is an insect in the superfamily Fulgoroidea that resembles a leaf in its environment. It often hops, like a grasshopper, for transportation, but usually walks slowly to avoid detection. There are more than 12,500 planthopper species worldwide.

Citrus flatid planthopper (Metcalfa pruinosa) is native and very common in eastern North America. It has been introduced into southern Europe and is now an invasive species of concern in orchards and vineyards there. It feeds on a wide variety of woody species including maple, elm, willow, black locust, dogwood, hawthorn, elder, grape, and raspberry.

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The body of citrus flatid planthopper is flattened laterally, giving it a wedge-shaped appearance when viewed from above. The wings and body are moderately to densely covered with a mealy, bluish-white, waxy powder. When at rest, the wings are tent-like, almost vertically, over the body. There are two dark spots on the basal half of each forewing.

Masked hunter

Masked hunter (Reduvius personatus) is native to Europe and was accidentally introduced into North America. It is now common in eastern and central North America, including Minnesota, but has been reported across the continent.

Masked hunter inhabits woodlands but is often found in human homes. It eats bed bugs and other small insects, spiders, centipedes, and millipedes. It is active at night and hides during the day. If handled or trapped between clothing and skin, it can deliver a painful bite. The swelling and stinging from the bite will last up to a week.

At to in length, masked hunter is much larger than any otherwise similar assassin bugs in North America.

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Other Recent Additions

red-shouldered stink bug (Thyanta custator)

treehopper (Telamona monticola)

treehoppers (Cyrtolobus spp.)

juniper stink bug (Banasa euchlora)

treehopper (Acutalis tartarea)

leafhopper (Macropsis osborni)

typical leafhoppers (Family Cicadellidae)

yellow-faced leafhopper (Scaphytopius frontalis)

yellow-faced leafhopper

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This list includes only true bugs that have recorded in Minnesota, but not all of the true bugs found in Minnesota.



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acanaloniid planthoppers (Acanalonia spp.)

acanaloniid planthopper (Acanalonia sp.)

alfalfa plant bug

anchor stink bug

aphid (Uroleucon sp.)


alder lace bug (Corythucha pergandei)


alder spittlebug (Clastoptera obtusa)

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alfalfa plant bug (Adelphocoris lineolatus)


American giant water bug (Lethocerus americanus)

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anchor stink bug (Stiretrus anchorago)


aphid (Nearctaphis crataegifoliae)


aphid (Uroleucon helianthicola)

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aphids (Uroleucon spp.)


assassin bugs (Family Reduviidae)


aster treehopper (Publilia concava)


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backswimmer (Notonecta borealis)

Banasa stink bug

birch catkin bug

black damsel bug

brown and orange predatory stink bug

brown stink bug

buffalo treehopper (Stictocephala sp.)


backswimmer (Notonecta irrorata)


backswimmer (Notonecta backswimmer)


balsam twig aphid (Mindarus abietinus)

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Banasa stink bug (Banasa dimiata)


basswood treehopper (Telamona tiliae)

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birch catkin bug (Kleidocerys resedae)


birch lace bug (Corythucha pallipes)


black bean aphid (Aphis fabae)

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black damsel bug (Nabis subcoleoptratus)


black ground bug (Microporus nigrita)


black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus)


blueberry leafhopper (Scaphytopius magdalensis)


brown ambrosia aphid (Uroleucon ambrosiae)

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brown and orange predatory stink bug (Apoecilus cynicus)


brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)

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brown stink bug (Euschistus servus)


brown waterscorpion (Ranatra fusca)

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buffalo treehoppers (Stictocephala spp.)


burrowing bugs (Tribe Geotomini)


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cabbage aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae)

chrysanthemum lace bug

citrus flatid planthopper

clouded plant bug

coppery leafhopper


camel treehopper (Smilia camelus)


Canadian cicada (Okanagana canadensis)


caped leafhopper (Macrosteles clavatus)

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chrysanthemum lace bug (Corythucha marmorata)

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citrus flatid planthopper (Metcalfa pruinosa)


clouded plant bug (Neurocolpus nubilus)


clover leaf weevil (Brachypera zoilus)


clover leafhopper (Ceratagallia sanguinolenta)


common damsel bug (Nabis americoferus)


common stilt bug (Berytinus minor)

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coppery leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria)




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damsel bug (Family Nabidae)

damsel bug (Family Nabidae)

damsel bug (Hoplistoscelis pallescens)

damsel bug (Nabis americolimbatus)

damsel bug (Nabis roseipennis)

derbid planthopper (Cedusa sp.)

dog day cicada

dogwood spittlebug

dusky stink bug

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damsel bug (Hoplistoscelis pallescens)


damsel bug (Nabis alternatus)

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damsel bug (Nabis americolimbatus)

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damsel bug (Nabis roseipennis)


derbid planthopper (Cedusa incisa)


derbid planthopper (Cedusa maculata)


derbid planthopper (Cedusa spp.)


derbid planthopper (Cedusa vulgaris)


dirt-colored seed bug (Ozophora picturata)


dock aphid (Aphis rumicis)

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dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)


dog day cicadas (Neotibicen spp.)

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dogwood spittlebug (Clastoptera proteus)

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eared treehopper (Archasia auriculata)

eastern boxelder bug
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eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)


eastern sycamore lace bug (Corythucha ciliata)


eight-lined leafhopper (Gyponana octolineata)


English grain aphid (Sitobion avenae)


European alder spittlebug (Aphrophora alni)


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false milkweed bug (Lygaeus turcicus)

false milkweed bug

four-humped stink bug

four-lined plant bug

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four-humped stink bug (Brochymena quadripustulata)

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four-lined plant bug (Poecilocapsus lineatus)


four-spotted clover leafhopper (Agallia quadripunctata)












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garden fleahopper (Microtechnites bractatus)

grape phylloxera

green cone-headed planthopper

green plant bug

green stink bug


giant water bug (Belostoma flumineum)


girdled leafhopper (Aphrodes bicinctus)


goldenglow aphid (Uroleucon rudbeckiae)


goldenrod aphid (Uroleucon solidaginis)


grain aphid (Acyrthosiphon dirhodum)

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grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae)

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green cone-headed planthopper (Acanalonia conica)

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green plant bug (Ilnacora malina)


green sharpshooter (Draeculacephala antica)

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green stink bug (Chinavia hilaris)


grousewinged backswimmer (Notonecta undulata)


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hackberry lace bug (Corythucha celtidis)

helmeted squash bug

honeysuckle aphid


hackberry nipplegall maker (Pachypsylla celtidismamma)


hawthorn lace bug (Corythucha cydoniae)

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helmeted squash bug (Euthochtha galeator)


hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae)


hill prairie shovelhead leafhopper (Attenuipyga vanduzeei)


honeylocust treehopper (Micrutalis calva)

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honeysuckle aphid (Hyadaphis tataricae)


horned squash bug (Anasa armigera)


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jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana)

jagged ambush bug (americana)

jagged ambush bug (Phymata sp.)

juniper stink bug

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jagged ambush bug (Phymata spp.)


Japanese maple leafhopper (Japananus hyalinus)


jewel bug (Homaemus aeneifrons)


jewel bug (Homaemus bijugis)

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juniper stink bug (Banasa euchlora)






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keeled treehopper (Entylia carinata)



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lace bug (Corythucha mollicula)


large milkweed bug

leaf-footed bug (Acanthocephala terminalis)

leafhopper (Agalliopsis ancistra)

leafhopper (Errastunus ocellaris)

leafhopper (Macropsis osborni)

leafhopper (Oncopsis sobria)

leafhopper (Penthimia americana)

leafhopper (Aphrodes sp.)

leafhopper (Gyponana subgenus Gyponana)

leafhopper (Oncopsis sp.)

leafhopper (Scaphytopius sp.)


large fleabane daisy aphid (Uroleucon erigeronense)

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large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus)


large thistle aphid (Uroleucon cirsii)

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leaf-footed bug (Acanthocephala terminalis)

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leafhopper (Agalliopsis ancistra)


leafhopper (Agalliopsis novella)


leafhopper (Colladonus montanus)


leafhopper (Colladonus waldanus)


leafhopper (Doratura stylata)

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leafhopper (Errastunus ocellaris)


leafhopper (Gyponana gladia)

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leafhopper (Macropsis osborni)


leafhopper (Oncopsis deluda)


leafhopper (Oncopsis flavidorsum)


leafhopper (Oncopsis minor)

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leafhopper (Oncopsis sobria)


leafhopper (Oncopsis variabilis)

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leafhopper (Penthimia americana)


leafhopper (Scaphytopius angustatus)


leafhopper (Scaphytopius cinereus)


leafhopper (Scaphytopius cuprescens)


leafhopper (Scaphytopius laatus)

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leafhoppers (Aphrodes spp.)

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leafhoppers (Gyponana subg. Gyponana)

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leafhoppers (Oncopsis spp.)


leafhoppers (Scaphoideus spp.)


leafhoppers (Scaphytopius spp.)


lettuce root aphid (Pemphigus bursarius)


Linne’s cicada (Neotibicen linnei)


locust treehopper (Thelia bimaculata)


long thin plant bug (Megaloceroea recticornis)


lupine bug (Megalotomus quinquespinosus)


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marbled treehopper (Carynota marmorata)

masked hunter

meadow plant bug

meadow spittlebug

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masked hunter (Reduvius personatus)

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meadow plant bug (Leptopterna dolabrata)

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meadow spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius)


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narrow stink bug (Mecidea major)



northern flatid planthopper (Flatormenis proxima)



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oak lace bug (Corythucha arcuata)

oleander aphid

obscure plant bug (Plagiognathus obscurus)

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oleander aphid (Aphis nerii)


one-spotted stink bug (Euschistus variolarius)


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pale green assassin bug (Zelus luridus)

pale green assassin bug


pear plant bug

Pennsylvania ambush bug

plant bug (Agnocoris rubicundus)

plant bug (Hyaliodes harti)

plant bug (Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus)









plant bug (Neurocolpus jessiae)

plant bug (Paraxenetus guttulatus)

plant bug (Family Miridae)

plant bug (Neolygus sp.)

poplar leaf-base gall





predatory stink bug (Podisus placidus)


pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum)

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peanut burrowing bug (Pangaeus bilineatus)

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pear plant bug (Neolygus communis)

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Pennsylvania ambush bug (Phymata pennsylvanica)


phylloxera gall of hickory (Phylloxera spp.)


pine bark adelgid (Pineus strobi)


plant bug (Neurocolpus spp.)

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plant bug (Agnocoris rubicundus)


plant bug (Capsus cinctus)

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plant bug (Hyaliodes harti)


plant bug (Hyaliodes vitripennis)


plant bug (Ilnacora stalii)


plant bug (Leptopterna ferrugata)

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plant bug (Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus)


plant bug (Neolygus alni)


plant bug (Neolygus atritylus)


plant bug (Neolygus belfragii)


plant bug (Neolygus canadensis)


plant bug (Neolygus caryae)


plant bug (Neolygus hirticulus)


plant bug (Neolygus inconspicuus)


plant bug (Neolygus invitus)


plant bug (Neolygus omnivagus)


plant bug (Neolygus quercalbae)


plant bug (Neolygus semivittatus)


plant bug (Neolygus tiliae)


plant bug (Neolygus viburni)


plant bug (Neolygus vitticollis)


plant bug (Neurocolpus jessiae)

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plant bug (Paraxenetus guttulatus)


plant bug (Phytocoris eximius)


plant bug (Phytocoris tibialis)


plant bug (Plagiognathus brevirostris)


plant bug (Sericophanes heidemanni)


plant bug (Taedia scrupea)

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plant bugs (Family Miridae)

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plant bugs (Neolygus spp.)


plant bugs (Phytocoris spp.)


plant bugs (Plagiognathus spp.)

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poplar leaf-base gall (Pemphigus populicaulis)


poplar petiolegall aphid (Pemphigus populitransversus)


potato aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae)


potato mirid (Closterotomus norwegicus)


prairie cicada (Okanagana balli)


predatory stink bug (Perillus circumcinctus)


predatory stink bug (Podisus brevispinus)

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predatory stink bug (Podisus placidus)


predatory stink bug (Podisus serieventris)


privet leafhopper (Fieberiella florii)


psyllid gall on Juncus (Livia maculipennis)


pygmy backswimmer (Neoplea striola)


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quince treehopper (Glossonotus crataegi)



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red goldenrod aphid (Uroleucon nigrotuberculatum)

red goldenrod aphid

red-banded leafhopper

red-shouldered stink bug

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red-banded leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)


red-cross shield bug (Elasmostethus cruciatus)

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red-shouldered stink bug (Thyanta custator)


red-tailed leafhopper (Aflexia rubranura)


rough stink bug (Brochymena arborea)










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saddleback leafhopper (Colladonus clitellarius)

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scentless plant bug (Arhyssus nigristernum)









small milkweed bug

spined assassin bug

spined soldier bug

spiny assassin bug

stilt bug (Neoneides muticus)

stilt bug (Family Berytidae)

stink bug (Euschistus sp.)

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)


Say’s Cicada (Okanagana rimosa)


scarlet plant bugs (Lopidea spp.)

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scentless plant bug (Arhyssus nigristernum)


sharp-nosed leafhopper (Scaphytopius acutus)


sharpshooter (Graphocephala teliformis)


shield bug (Elasmostethus atricornis)


shield bug (Elasmucha lateralis)


shield-backed bug (Eurygaster alternata)


shield-backed bug (Phimodera binotata)


shield-backed pine seed bug (Tetyra bipunctata)


short-winged nabis (Nabis rufusculus)


six-spotted leafhopper (Macrosteles fascifrons)

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small milkweed bug (Lygaeus kalmii)


smoky poplar aphid (Chaitophorus populicola)

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spined assassin bug (Sinea diadema)

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spined soldier bug (Podisus maculiventris)


spined stilt bug (Jalysus wickhami)


spiny assassin bug (Sinea spinipes)


squash bug (Anasa tristis)


squash vine borer (Melittia cucurbitae)

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stilt bug (Neoneides muticus)

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stilt bugs (Family Berytidae)


stink bug (Aelia americana)


stink bug (Chlorochroa persimilis)


stink bug (Coenus delius)


stink bug (Dendrocoris humeralis)


stink bug (Euschistus ictericus)

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stink bug (Euschistus spp.)

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stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)


stink bug (Holcostethus limbolarius)


stink bug (Menecles insertus)


stink bug (Mormidea lugens)


stink bug (Neottiglossa undata)


stink bug (Trichopepla atricornis)


sumac gall aphid (Melaphis rhois)


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tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris)

treehopper (Acutalis tartarea)

treehopper (Cyrtolobus dixianus)

treehopper (Telamona monticola)

treehopper (Cyrtolobus sp.)

twice-stabbed stink bug

two-horned treehopper

two-marked treehopper

two-spotted grass bug

two-spotted stink bug

two-striped planthopper

typical leafhopper (Family Cicadellidae)

typical treehopper (Subfamily Smiliinae)

buffalo treehopper (Stictocephala sp.)


three-cornered alfalfa hopper (Spissistilus festinus)


three-spotted treehopper (Vanduzea triguttata)

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treehopper (Acutalis tartarea)


treehopper (Atymna helena)


treehopper (Atymna querci)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus discoidalis)

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treehopper (Cyrtolobus dixianus)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus fuliginosus)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus fuscipennis)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus griseus)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus maculifrontis)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus pallidifrontis)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus puritanus)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)


treehopper (Cyrtolobus vau)

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treehopper (Telamona monticola)


treehoppers (Atymna spp.)

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treehoppers (Cyrtolobus spp.)


turnip aphid (Lipaphis erysimi)


turtle bug (Amaurochrous brevitylus)

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twice-stabbed stink bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana)

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two-horned treehopper (Stictocephala diceros)

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two-marked treehopper (Enchenopa binotata)

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two-spotted grass bug (Stenotus binotatus)

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two-spotted stink bug (Perillus bioculatus)

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two-striped planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata)

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typical leafhoppers (Family Cicadellidae)

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typical treehoppers (Family Membracidae)

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umbrose seed bug (Atrazonotus umbrosus)



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Virginia creeper treehopper (Telamona ampelopsidis)



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Walker’s cicada (Neotibicen pronotalis)

western conifer seed bug

white-margined burrower bug

woolly aphid (Subfamily Eriosomatinae)


walnut lace bug (Corythucha juglandis)


water strider (Family Gerridae)


water strider (Limnoporus dissortis)


waterscorpion (Nepa apiculata)

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western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis)


western leaf-footed bug (Leptoglossus clypealis)


whitecrossed seed bug (Neacoryphus bicrucis)


whiteflies (Family Aleyrodidae)

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white-margined burrower bug (Sehirus cinctus)


widefooted treehopper (Enchenopa latipes)

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woolly aphids and gall-making aphids (Subfamily Eriosomatinae)


woolly apple ahpid (Eriosoma lanigerum)


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yellow-faced leafhopper (Scaphytopius frontalis)

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Acanalonia bivittata (two-striped planthopper)

Acanalonia conica (green cone-headed planthopper)

Acanalonia spp. (acanaloniid planthoppers)

Acanthocephala terminalis (leaf-footed bug)

Acutalis tartarea (treehopper)

Acyrthosiphon dirhodum (grain aphid)

Acyrthosiphon pisum (pea aphid)

Adelges tsugae (hemlock woolly adelgid)

Adelphocoris lineolatus (alfalfa plant bug)

Aelia americana (stink bug)

Aflexia rubranura (red-tailed leafhopper)

Agallia quadripunctata (four-spotted clover leafhopper)

Agalliopsis ancistra (leafhopper)

Agalliopsis novella (leafhopper)

Agnocoris rubicundus (plant bug)

Aleyrodidae (whiteflies)

Amaurochrous brevitylus (turtle bug)

Anasa armigera (horned squash bug)

Anasa tristis (squash bug)

Aphis fabae (black bean aphid)

Aphis gossypii (melon aphid)

Aphis nerii (oleander aphid)

Aphis rumicis (dock aphid)

Aphrodes bicinctus (girdled leafhopper)

Aphrodes spp. (leafhoppers)

Aphrophora alni (European alder spittlebug)

Apoecilus cynicus (brown and orange predatory stink bug)

Archasia auriculata (eared treehopper)

Arhyssus nigristernum (scentless plant bug)

Atrazonotus umbrosus (umbrose seed bug)

Attenuipyga vanduzeei (hill prairie shovelhead leafhopper)

Atymna helena (treehopper)

Atymna querci (treehopper)

Atymna spp. (treehoppers)




Banasa dimiata (Banasa stink bug)

Banasa euchlora (juniper stink bug)

Belostoma flumineum (giant water bug)

Berytidae (stilt bugs)

Berytinus minor (common stilt bug)

Boisea trivittata (eastern boxelder bug)

Brevicoryne brassicae (cabbage aphid)

Brochymena arborea (rough stink bug)

Brochymena quadripustulata (four-humped stink bug)




Capsus cinctus (plant bug)

Carynota marmorata (marbled treehopper)

Cedusa incisa (derbid planthopper)

Cedusa maculata (derbid planthopper)

Cedusa spp. (derbid planthoppers)

Cedusa vulgaris (derbid planthopper)

Ceratagallia sanguinolenta (clover leafhopper)

Chaitophorus populicola (smoky poplar aphid)

Chinavia hilaris (green stink bug)

Chlorochroa persimilis (stink bug)

Cicadellidae (typical leafhoppers)

Clastoptera obtusa (alder spittlebug)

Clastoptera proteus (dogwood spittlebug)

Closterotomus norwegicus (potato mirid)

Coenus delius (stink bug)

Colladonus clitellarius (saddleback leafhopper)

Colladonus montanus (leafhopper)

Colladonus waldanus (leafhopper)

Corythucha arcuata (oak lace bug)

Corythucha celtidis (hackberry lace bug)

Corythucha ciliata (eastern sycamore lace bug)

Corythucha cydoniae (hawthorn lace bug)

Corythucha juglandis (walnut lace bug)

Corythucha marmorata (chrysanthemum lace bug)

Corythucha mollicula (lace bug)

Corythucha pallipes (birch lace bug)

Corythucha pergandei (alder lace bug)

Cosmopepla lintneriana (twice-stabbed stink bug)

Cyrtolobus discoidalis (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus dixianus (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus fuliginosus (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus fuscipennis (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus griseus (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus maculifrontis (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus pallidifrontis (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus puritanus (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus spp. (treehoppers)

Cyrtolobus tuberosus (treehopper)

Cyrtolobus vau (treehopper)




Daktulosphaira vitifoliae (grape phylloxera)

Dendrocoris humeralis (stink bug)

Doratura stylata (leafhopper)

Draeculacephala antica (green sharpshooter)




Elasmostethus atricornis (shield bug)

Elasmostethus cruciatus (red-cross shield bug)

Elasmucha lateralis (shield bug)

Enchenopa binotata (two-marked treehopper)

Enchenopa latipes (widefooted treehopper)

Entylia carinata (keeled treehopper)

Eriosoma lanigerum (woolly apple ahpid)

Eriosomatinae (woolly aphids and gall-making aphids)

Errastunus ocellaris (leafhopper)

Eurygaster alternata (shield-backed bug)

Euschistus ictericus (stink bug)

Euschistus servus (brown stink bug)

Euschistus spp. (stink bugs)

Euschistus tristigmus luridus (dusky stink bug)

Euschistus variolarius (one-spotted stink bug)

Euthochtha galeator (helmeted squash bug)




Fieberiella florii (privet leafhopper)

Flatormenis proxima (northern flatid planthopper)




Geotomini (burrowing bugs)

Gerridae (water striders)

Glossonotus crataegi (quince treehopper)

Graphocephala coccinea (red-banded leafhopper)

Graphocephala teliformis (sharpshooter)

Gyponana gladia (leafhopper)

Gyponana octolineata (eight-lined leafhopper)

Gyponana subgenus Gyponana (leafhopper)




Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug)

Holcostethus limbolarius (stink bug)

Homaemus aeneifrons (jewel bug)

Homaemus bijugis (jewel bug)

Hoplistoscelis pallescens (damsel bug)

Hyadaphis tataricae (honeysuckle aphid)

Hyaliodes harti (plant bug)

Hyaliodes vitripennis (plant bug)




Ilnacora malina (green plant bug)

Ilnacora stalii (plant bug)




Jalysus wickhami (spined stilt bug)

Japananus hyalinus (Japanese maple leafhopper)

Jikradia olitoria olitoria (coppery leafhopper)



Kleidocerys resedae (birch catkin bug)




Leptoglossus clypealis (western leaf-footed bug)

Leptoglossus occidentalis (western conifer seed bug)

Leptopterna dolabrata (meadow plant bug)

Leptopterna ferrugata (plant bug)

Lethocerus americanus (American giant water bug)

Limnoporus dissortis (water strider)

Lipaphis erysimi (turnip aphid)

Livia maculipennis (psyllid gall on Juncus)

Lopidea spp. (scarlet plant bugs)

Lygaeus kalmii (small milkweed bug)

Lygaeus turcicus (false milkweed bug)

Lygus lineolaris (tarnished plant bug)




Macropsis osborni (leafhopper)

Macrosiphum euphorbiae (potato aphid)

Macrosteles clavatus (caped leafhopper)

Macrosteles fascifrons (six-spotted leafhopper)

Mecidea major (narrow stink bug)

Megaloceroea recticornis (long thin plant bug)

Megalotomus quinquespinosus (lupine bug)

Melaphis rhois (sumac gall aphid)

Melittia cucurbitae (squash vine borer)

Membracidae (typical treehoppers)

Menecles insertus (stink bug)

Metcalfa pruinosa (citrus flatid planthopper)

Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus (plant bug)

Microporus nigrita (black ground bug)

Microtechnites bractatus (garden fleahopper)

Micrutalis calva (honeylocust treehopper)

Mindarus abietinus (balsam twig aphid)

Miridae (plant bugs)

Mormidea lugens (stink bug)




Nabidae (damsel bugs)

Nabis alternatus (damsel bug)

Nabis americoferus (common damsel bug)

Nabis americolimbatus (damsel bug)

Nabis roseipennis (damsel bug)

Nabis rufusculus (short-winged nabis)

Nabis subcoleoptratus (black damsel bug)

Neacoryphus bicrucis (whitecrossed seed bug)

Nearctaphis crataegifoliae (aphid)

Neolygus alni (plant bug)

Neolygus atritylus (plant bug)

Neolygus belfragii (plant bug)

Neolygus canadensis (plant bug)

Neolygus caryae (plant bug)

Neolygus communis (pear plant bug)

Neolygus hirticulus (plant bug)

Neolygus inconspicuus (plant bug)

Neolygus invitus (plant bug)

Neolygus omnivagus (plant bug)

Neolygus quercalbae (plant bug)

Neolygus semivittatus (plant bug)

Neolygus spp. (plant bugs)

Neolygus tiliae (plant bug)

Neolygus viburni (plant bug)

Neolygus vitticollis (plant bug)

Neoneides muticus (stilt bug)

Neoplea striola (pygmy backswimmer)

Neotibicen canicularis (dog day cicada)

Neotibicen linnei (Linne’s cicada)

Neotibicen pronotalis (Walker’s cicada)

Neotibicen spp. (dog day cicadas)

Neottiglossa undata (stink bug)

Nepa apiculata (waterscorpion)

Neurocolpus jessiae (plant bug)

Neurocolpus nubilus (clouded plant bug)

Neurocolpus spp. (plant bugs)

Notonecta borealis (backswimmer)

Notonecta irrorata (backswimmer)

Notonecta lunata (backswimmer)

Notonecta undulata (grousewinged backswimmer)




Okanagana balli (prairie cicada)

Okanagana canadensis (Canadian cicada)

Okanagana rimosa (Say’s Cicada)

Oncopeltus fasciatus (large milkweed bug)

Oncopsis deluda (leafhopper)

Oncopsis flavidorsum (leafhopper)

Oncopsis minor (leafhopper)

Oncopsis sobria (leafhopper)

Oncopsis spp. (leafhoppers)

Oncopsis variabilis (leafhopper)




Pachypsylla celtidismamma (hackberry nipplegall maker)

Pangaeus bilineatus (peanut burrowing bug)

Paraxenetus guttulatus (plant bug)

Pemphigus bursarius (lettuce root aphid)

Pemphigus populicaulis (poplar leaf-base gall)

Pemphigus populitransversus (poplar petiolegall aphid)

Pentatomidae (stink bugs)

Penthimia americana (leafhopper)

Perillus bioculatus (two-spotted stink bug)

Perillus circumcinctus (predatory stink bug)

Philaenus spumarius (meadow spittlebug)

Phimodera binotata (shield-backed bug)

Phylloxera sp. (phylloxera gall of hickory)

Phymata americana (jagged ambush bug)

Phymata pennsylvanica (Pennsylvania ambush bug)

Phymata spp. (jagged ambush bugs)

Phytocoris eximius (plant bug)

Phytocoris spp. (plant bugs)

Phytocoris tibialis (plant bug)

Pineus strobi (pine bark adelgid)

Plagiognathus brevirostris (plant bug)

Plagiognathus obscurus (obscure plant bug)

Plagiognathus spp. (plant bugs)

Podisus brevispinus (predatory stink bug)

Podisus maculiventris (spined soldier bug)

Podisus placidus (predatory stink bug)

Podisus serieventris (predatory stink bug)

Poecilocapsus lineatus (four-lined plant bug)

Publilia concava (aster treehopper)







Ranatra fusca (brown waterscorpion)

Reduviidae (assassin bugs)

Reduvius personatus (masked hunter)




Scaphoideus spp. (leafhoppers)

Scaphytopius angustatus (leafhopper)

Scaphytopius acutus (sharp-nosed leafhopper)

Scaphytopius cinereus (leafhopper)

Scaphytopius cuprescens (leafhopper)

Scaphytopius frontalis (yellow-faced leafhopper)

Scaphytopius laatus (leafhopper)

Scaphytopius magdalensis (blueberry leafhopper)

Scaphytopius spp. (leafhoppers)

Sehirus cinctus (white-margined burrower bug)

Sericophanes heidemanni (plant bug)

Sinea diadema (spined assassin bug)

Sinea spinipes (spiny assassin bug)

Sitobion avenae (English grain aphid)

Smilia camelus (camel treehopper)

Smiliinae (typical treehoppers)

Spissistilus festinus (three-cornered alfalfa hopper)

Stenotus binotatus (two-spotted grass bug)

Stictocephala diceros (two-horned treehopper)

Stictocephala spp. (buffalo treehoppers)

Stiretrus anchorago (anchor stink bug)




Taedia scrupea (plant bug)

Telamona ampelopsidis (Virginia creeper treehopper)

Telamona monticola (treehopper)

Telamona tiliae (basswood treehopper)

Tetyra bipunctata (shield-backed pine seed bug)

Thelia bimaculata (locust treehopper)

Thyanta custator (red-shouldered stink bug)

Trichopepla atricornis (stink bug)




Uroleucon ambrosiae (brown ambrosia aphid)

Uroleucon cirsii (large thistle aphid)

Uroleucon erigeronense (large fleabane daisy aphid)

Uroleucon helianthicola (aphid)

Uroleucon nigrotuberculatum (red goldenrod aphid)

Uroleucon rudbeckiae (goldenglow aphid)

Uroleucon solidaginis (goldenrod aphid)

Uroleucon spp. (aphids)



Vanduzea triguttata (three-spotted treehopper)












Zelus luridus (pale green assassin bug)



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