Hemiptera...it's a bug's life

By Jon Martin and Mick Webb

There is a great variety of Hemiptera, more commonly known as bugs, in existence. They have evolved an extraordinary range of body forms and lifestyles--some live on land, some live in water, some feed on plants while others are voracious carnivores or scavengers. Jon Martin and Mick Webb present a fascinating overview of the lives of two of the three major groups of Hemiptera.

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Cartoon image of a hatchet fish on a museum pass

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