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True Bugs of North America

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/5/2015

Piercing and sucking mouthparts differentiate these "True" Bugs from other insects.


There are a total of (29) True Bugs of North America in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical order.

Tiny and light, lime-green in color, these insects suck the juice of plants to the point where the plants dehydrate and possi...
Assassin Bug
The strong beak found on Assassin bugs is used to repeatedly, and violently, stab its prey to death, hence the name 'assassin...
Bed Bug
Although it is best known for its ruthless biting on slumbering humans, the Bed Bug is a parasite of birds and bats as well. ...
Bordered Plant Bug
The Bordered Plant Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions of North America. It can be found walking al...
Boxelder Bug
Boxelder Bugs commonly form large congregations alongside homes,on trees and especially near Boxelder bushes. They also pref...
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a pest to a large variety of fruit-bearing trees and plants. Accidentally imported from As...
Candy-Striped Leafhopper
The bold coloration on the Candy-Striped Leafhopper is not very common among insects. Though some may have patches of green,...
Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
The massive and spiny legs on the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug are usually the second feature noticed by an observer. The white s...
Giant Mesquite Bug
The Giant Mesquite Bug is very large and conspicuous. This gives it an advantage over possible insect predators, but it also...
Giant Water Bug
This is a large insect species with equally large and very noticeable foreleg pincers. They are used to catch underwater prey...
Green Stink Bug
This popular garden and farm pest has a hearty appetite for all the same things people enjoy eating. Both adults and young ny...
Harlequin Bug
The bodies of nymphs and adults of the Harlequin Bug are bursting with color and intricate patterns. This makes them easy to...
Hazelnut Lace Bug
Most Lace Bugs are very partial to one type of plant. For this species, it seems to prefer the Hazelnut tree. They are smal...
Helmeted Squash Bug
The Helmeted Squash Bug is considered a pest of plants in the squash family, like pumpkins, gourds and zucchini. Adults feed...
Kudzu Bug
The Kudzu Bug is an Asian import that has helped curb the growth of the plant-suffocating Kudzu vine, which also originates f...
Leaf-Footed Bug
The males of this large plant-eating family have usually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Their lower legs may be shape...
Masked Hunter
The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inflict painful bites on peo...
Milkweed Bug
Adult Milkweed Bugs do not seem to damage flowers, vegetable gardens or field crops, but they are usually found in large clus...
Oak Treehopper
Oak Treehoppers are a light blue with red stripes or yellow speckles. There is some variation within the species and as indiv...
Planthoppers look a lot like Leafhoppers, but they have fewer leg spines and more interesting heads. Their bodies are shaped ...
Rosy Apple Aphid
Rosy Apple Aphids are a huge pest in apple orchards and plantain farms. Their juice-sucking activity on the fruit trees both...
Southern Green Stink Bug
The Southern Green Stink Bug is a large insect that can grow to be the size of an adult's thumbnail. The body of the insect ...
Squash Bug
Squash bugs are similar in appearance to Stink bugs. Both emit an odor when crushed, but squash bugs tend to feed on melons ...
Treehoppers come in a variety of colors. There are many genera and each has a color and pattern variation or region of domin...
Two-Lined Spittlebug
Two-Lined Spittlebugs have two orange or yellow lines, or stripes, crossing their black wings. They are quite small and are o...
Wee Harlequin Bug
The Wee Harlequin Bug is shaped like shield or armor (armour). Its red and black coloring should be sufficient warning to tho...
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bugs originated on the West Coast of the U.S., but have migrated east all the way to Atlantic states and...
Wheel Bug
This large insect is well-noted for its incredibly painful bite when disturbed or nonchalantly handled. A member of the Assas...
Yucca Plant Bug
Yucca Plant Bugs are small red and black insects that live on yuccas, a drought-tolerant ornamental plant. The bugs survive b...
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