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Squash bug, Coreus marginatus

True bugs include shield bugs, ground bugs, mirid or capsid bugs, water bugs, frog hoppers, plant hoppers, aphids and scale insects.

Not all true bugs can fly, but those that can have wings that usually overlap when they are folded, instead of meeting in a mid line.

All species have piercing mouth parts with which they spear plants, and in some species, body fluids or blood.

Most people are familiar with shield bugs, squash bugs and other plant bugs including aphids and plant scales.

A number of species are prolific plant pests and transfer viruses from one plant to the next as they feed on the sap.

Number of UK species: about 1,700

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Re: What bug is this? Please help! 1 week ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Another bug from Costa Rica for ID. 6 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
A couple of Assassin bugs for ID. 6 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
3 Shield bugs from Costa Rica for ID 6 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Whitish-grey large aphid on willow? 8 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Identification of Costa Rican Licen Mimic Hemopteran 9 months ago by
Re: ID for Green Hemipteran please please 10 months ago by Ann Ann
Re: Help with froghopper id. please 11 months ago by Tiggywinks Tiggywinks
Re: A shieldbug? 1 year ago by GeoDave GeoDave
Re: Capsid bug? 1 year ago by Lucanus123 Lucanus123
Re: Unknown true bug/nymph? 1 year ago by Lucanus123 Lucanus123
possible Leiodes calcarata? 1 year ago by lolakola lolakola
Re: 3 beetles for i/d please 1 year ago by flecc flecc
Re: What is this biting bug? 1 year ago by triops triops
Re: Is this an Ichneumon wasp? 1 year ago by mikeeward mikeeward
Re: Black-and-white bug found on Crete - what can it be ? 1 year ago by rhossilian rhossilian
Re: Strange bug over Rainham Marshes RSPB site's garden. 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Mirid bug from Crete for ID 1 year ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Two bugs for ID from Tobago 1 year ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: shieldbug? 2 years ago by emg emg
Re: I found this bug in my garden don't know-how it is 2 years ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Identification of shield bug 2 years ago by Fiona Fiona
Help to ID this earwig please 2 years ago by Cyprus Man Cyprus Man
Re: Aphid? Nymph? What species? 2 years ago by Ratatoskr Ratatoskr
Re: Bug for ID please 2 years ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Instar id help needed 2 years ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: please can someone identify this bug 2 years ago by Mr p Mr p
Flies in bathroom and toilet - please help identify 2 years ago by camper camper
Re: Help to ID this bug? 2 years ago by Sofa Sofa
Re: Fly for i/d please 3 years ago by 3328ab9f8ae4179a382063ff27e52ceff54139da 3328ab9f8ae4179a382063ff27e52ceff54139da



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