This subgroup contains approximately 40,000 species. As the largest Hemiptera suborder it contains many varied bugs with differing life styles including plant-feeding and predatory species.

This suborder contains some of the most well-known insects including:

  • bed bugs
  • shield bugs
  • water boatmen
  • ¬†pond skaters
Wide distribution

Heteroptera are found throughout the World on land, on and in fresh water.  One genus of pond skater (Halobates) is even found on the surface of the open ocean.