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Author(s):Crocker, Robert L.; Whitcomb, W. H.
Author Affiliation:Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Title:Feeding niches of the big-eyed bugs Geocoris bullatus, G. punctipes, and G. uliginosus (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae: Geocorinae)
Source:Environmental Entomology. Vol. 9, No. 5, October 1980, p. 508-513.
# of Pages:6
Publishing Information:College Park, MD: Entomological Society of America
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Geocoris bullatus; Geocoris punctipes; Geocoris uliginosus; Arthropoda; Pests; Arachnida
Abstract/Contents:"Under natural conditions, Geocoris bullatus (Say), G. punctipes (Say), and G. uliginosus (Say) fed on 67 species of small (0.258.7 mm long) prey from 3 classes of arthropods (Insecta, Arachnida, and Diplopoda). Sessile, ambulatory, saltatory, and winged forms (many representing pest species) were successfully attacked. Most prey were not physically capable of injuring the attacker, and in many cases prey capture was effected without triggering the prey's defensive behaviors. Vegetative structures and occasionally seeds of herbaceous angiosperms (monocots and dicots) of several families constituted a small part of their diet, as did dead insects. As opportunistic polyphagous predators, Geocoris spp. are probably of great importance in the prevention of pest outbreaks in many agricultural, turfgrass, and natural habitats."
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Crocker, R. L., and W. H. Whitcomb. 1980. Feeding niches of the big-eyed bugs Geocoris bullatus, G. punctipes, and G. uliginosus (Hemiptera: Lygaeidae: Geocorinae). Environ. Entomol. 9(5):p. 508-513.
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