(Science: zoology) An order of hexapod insects having a jointed proboscis, including four sharp stylets (mandibles and maxillae), for piercing. In many of the species (heteroptera) the front wings are partially coriaceous, and different from the others.

They are divided into the heteroptera, including the squash bug, soldier bug, bedbug, etc.; the homoptera, including the cicadas, cuckoo spits, plant lice, scale insects, etc.; the thysanoptera, including the thrips, and, according to most recent writers, the pediculina or true lice.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Half _ wing, fr. To fly.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified on 3 October 2005, at 21:16. This page has been accessed 3,375 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link