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hemipteran

(hĭ-mĭp′tər-ən)
n.
Any of numerous insects of the order Hemiptera, having mouthparts used for piercing and sucking and two pairs of wings, and including the cicadas, the aphids, and the heteropterans, such as the assassin bugs and the water striders.

he·mip′ter·an, he·mip′ter·ous (-tə-rəs) adj.

hemipteran

any EXOPTERYGOTE of the order Hemiptera, containing the true bugs, including leaf hoppers, cochineal insects, scale insects, bed bugs and aphids. They can cause considerable economic damage, and include both plant and animal parasites sucking plant sap or blood by means of piercing mouthparts. Normally they possess two pairs of wings, the forewings being at least partially hardened, like the elytra (see COLEOPTERA of beetles.