Fulgorid planthopper, Honduras. Photo by Sarah Bernard
What we commonly call bugs is actually an entire order of insects called Hemiptera. True bugs are different from other insects. Their mouthparts are specialized to suck plant juices, the blood of birds, reptiles, and mammals, or the hemolymph of other insects!
Aphids suck plant juices Bedbugs suck human blood
True bugs have specialized mouth parts that can pierce plants, insects, and animals! Check out the underside of this brown marmorated stink bug!
Ventral mouthparts of Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug). Photo by Susan Ellis
Author: Sarah Bernard, M.S., Entomologist, University of Florida