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Heteroptera of Economic Importance

1st Edition

Edited by Carl W. Schaefer, Antonio Ricardo Panizzi

CRC Press

850 pages

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Heteropterans regularly cause a wide variety and large number of problems for humans - at times on a catastrophic scale. The 37,000 described species of this suborder including many pests, disease transmitters, and nuisances exist worldwide, inflicting damage on crops, forests, orchards, and human life. Inspired by the widespread economic impact of this activity, Heteroptera of Economic Importance presents the most thorough, detailed account of true bugs to date, from the bloodsucking bed bug to the dreaded assassin bug. It is the definitive source for biological information not only on true bugs of economic importance, but on the general biology of the major families of Heteroptera as well.

Heteroptera of Economic Importance integrates the best of insect-focused and crop-oriented references, synthesizing the biology, behavior, and ecology of the true bugs. Each entry includes a detailed life history, helping you to evaluate the impact of harmful and useful Heteroptera. The thorough, comprehensive bibliographies support further research. Separate indices to insects and plants let you adapt the book to your use. It covers the physiology of plant damage and predation by this cosmopolitan group. This coverage, along with information on control measures and natural enemies, helps you evaluate and compare the best methods of management.

Heteroptera can be serious crop pests, harmful to humans, or can be valuable as biological control agents. This work discusses them individually, with expert presentation of the biology, distribution, damage, and control of each economically significant insect. As a resource that lets you easily access information and research on related bugs globally, Heteroptera of Economic Importance lends itself to sharing of ideas and information across geographical boundaries which will inevitably yield more research, new ideas, and better control.


"Carl Schaefer and Antônio Panizzi have been studying this group of arthropods for many years and therefore their experience and expertise have rendered the book highly refined and thorough… Each chapter commences with a concise and clear statement on the economic relevance of the chosen group, followed by a well articulated summary on the biology, behaviour, and ecology of the bugs, a section on prognosis, and a conclusion that identifies the key areas for future research. Students beginning research on the ecology and behaviour of Heteroptera and scientists working in areas of arthropod pest management and biological control will find the comments in the conclusion extremely relevant… The book includes close to 5000 references and that is a major strength… Indices listing plant and insect names are additional strengths of the book… this book will be useful to agricultural, veterinary, and medical entomologists… and ecologists working on the interactions of Heteroptera with plants and animals, in vector biology, and in biological control… From the ecological and biological points of view, the book is so complete that nothing more, I felt, can be added… Schaefer and Panizzi have done an outstanding job by producing an impressive and a highly useful book."

- Oriental Insects, Vol. 36, No. 50, 2002

Table of Contents


Economic Importance of Heteroptera: A General View, Carl W. Schaefer and Antônio R. Panizzi


Possible Causes of Disease Symptoms Resulting from the Feeding of Phytophagous Heteroptera, Koji Hori

Plant Bugs (Miridae) as Plant Pests, A. G. Wheeler, Jr.

Lace Bugs (Tingidae), John W. Neal, Jr., and Carl W. Schaefer

Palm Bugs (Thaumastocoroidae), Lionel Hill and Carl W. Schaefer

Seed and Chinch Bugs (Lygaeoidea), Merrill H. Sweet, II

Ash-Gray Leaf Bugs (Piesmatoidae), Narisu

Cotton Stainers and Their Relatives (Pyrrhocoroidae: Pyrrhocoridae and Largidae), Carl W. Schaefer and Imtiaz Ahmad

Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae), Carl W. Schaefer and Jill Kotulski

Broad-Headed Bugs (Alydidae), Antônio R. Panizzi, Carl W. Schaefer, and Yoshiro Natuhara

Leaf-Footed Bugs (Coreoidae), Paula Levin Mitchell

Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae), Jerzy A. Lis, Miriam Becker, and Carl W. Schaefer

Stink Bugs (Antônio R. Panizzi, J. E. McPherson, David G. James, M. Javahery, and Robert M. McPherson

Shield Bugs (Scutellcridae), M. Javahery, Carl W. Schaefer, and John D. Lattin

Several Small Pentatomoid Families (Cyrtocoridae, Dinidoridae, Eurostylidae, Plataspidae, and Tessaratomidae), Carl W. Schaefer, Antônio R. Panizzi, and David D. James

Flat Bugs (Aradidae), Kari Heliövaara

Bed Bugs (Cimicidae), Carl W. Schaefer

Triatominae (Reduviidae), Eloi S. Garcia, Patricia de Azambuja, and João C. P. Diaz

Adventitious Biters - "Nuisance" Bugs, Carl W. Schaefer


How Carnivorous Bugs Feed (Allen Carson Cohen

Creeping Water Bugs (Naucoridae), Robert W. Sites

Giant Water Bugs (Belostomatidae), P. Venkatesan

Water Scorpions (Nepidae), Steven L. Keffer

Small Aquatic Bugs (Nepomorpha) with Slight or Underestimated Economic Importance, Miroslave Papácek

Semiaquatic Bugs (Gerromorpha), John R. Spence and Nils Møller Andersen

Minute Pirate Bugs (Anthocoridae), John D. Lattin

Damsel Bugs (Nabidae) S. Kristine Braman

Predaceous Plant Bugs (Miridae), A. G. Wheeler

Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae exluding Triatominae), Dunston P. Ambrose

Economic Importance of Predation by Big-Eyed Bugs (Geocoridae), Merrill H. Sweet, II

Stilt Bugs (Berytidae), Thomas J, Henry

Predaceous Stinkbugs (Pentatomide: Asopinae), Patrick DeClercq

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General