Insect Identification
Insect Identification

True Bugs of North America

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/12/2015

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. True Bugs are named as such due to their piercing and sucking mouthparts.



Thumbnail picture of the Aphids
Aphids
Tiny and light, lime-green in color, these insects suck the juice of plants to the point where the p... [Read More]
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Assassin Bug
The strong beak found on Assassin bugs is used to repeatedly, and violently, stab its prey to death,... [Read More]
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Bed Bug
Although it is best known for its ruthless biting on slumbering humans, the Bed Bug is a parasite of... [Read More]
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Bordered Plant Bug
The Bordered Plant Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions of North America. I... [Read More]
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Boxelder Bug
Boxelder Bugs commonly form large congregations alongside homes,on trees and especially near Boxelde... [Read More]
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a pest to a large variety of fruit-bearing trees and plants. Acci... [Read More]
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Candy-Striped Leafhopper
The bold coloration on the Candy-Striped Leafhopper is not very common among insects. Though some m... [Read More]
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Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
The massive and spiny legs on the Eastern Leaf-footed Bug are usually the second feature noticed by ... [Read More]
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Giant Mesquite Bug
The Giant Mesquite Bug is very large and conspicuous. This gives it an advantage over possible inse... [Read More]
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Giant Water Bug
This is a large insect species with equally large and very noticeable foreleg pincers. They are used... [Read More]
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Green Stink Bug
This popular garden and farm pest has a hearty appetite for all the same things people enjoy eating.... [Read More]
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Harlequin Bug
The bodies of nymphs and adults of the Harlequin Bug are bursting with color and intricate patterns.... [Read More]
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Hazelnut Lace Bug
Most Lace Bugs are very partial to one type of plant. For this species, it seems to prefer the Haze... [Read More]
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Helmeted Squash Bug
The Helmeted Squash Bug is considered a pest of plants in the squash family, like pumpkins, gourds a... [Read More]
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Kudzu Bug
The Kudzu Bug is an Asian import that has helped curb the growth of the plant-suffocating Kudzu vine... [Read More]
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Leaf-Footed Bug
The males of this large plant-eating family have usually thick thighs, often edged with spikes. Thei... [Read More]
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Masked Hunter
The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inf... [Read More]
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Milkweed Bug
Adult Milkweed Bugs do not seem to damage flowers, vegetable gardens or field crops, but they are us... [Read More]
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Oak Treehopper
Oak Treehoppers are a light blue with red stripes or yellow speckles. There is some variation within... [Read More]
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Planthopper
Planthoppers look a lot like Leafhoppers, but they have fewer leg spines and more interesting heads.... [Read More]
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Rosy Apple Aphid
Rosy Apple Aphids are a huge pest in apple orchards and plantain farms. Their juice-sucking activit... [Read More]
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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.... [Read More]
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Squash Bug
Squash bugs are similar in appearance to Stink bugs. Both emit an odor when crushed, but squash bug... [Read More]
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Treehopper
Treehoppers come in a variety of colors. There are many genera and each has a color and pattern var... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Two-Lined Spittlebug
Two-Lined Spittlebug
Two-Lined Spittlebugs have two orange or yellow lines, or stripes, crossing their black wings. They ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Wee Harlequin Bug
Wee Harlequin Bug
The Wee Harlequin Bug is shaped like shield or armor (armour). Its red and black coloring should be ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bugs originated on the West Coast of the U.S., but have migrated east all the w... [Read More]
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Wheel Bug
This large insect is well-noted for its incredibly painful bite when disturbed or nonchalantly handl... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Yucca Plant Bug
Yucca Plant Bug
Yucca Plant Bugs are small red and black insects that live on yuccas, a drought-tolerant ornamental ... [Read More]