All images on this website have been taken in Leicestershire and Rutland by NatureSpot members. We welcome new contributions - just register and use the Submit Records form to post your photos. Click on any image below to visit the species page. The RED / AMBER / GREEN dots indicate how easy it is to identify the species - see our Identification Difficulty page for more information. A coloured rating followed by an exclamation mark denotes that different ID difficulties apply to either males and females or to the larvae - see the species page for more detail.
Insects in the order Hemiptera are commonly called Bugs. There are about 1700 species in Britain. The range of forms is huge but they all have in common a piercing beak, used like a hypodermic needle to suck juices from plants or other animals. The name 'hemiptera' means half (hemi) wing (ptera) and refers to the feature that many bugs have the front half of the wing hardened (like in beetles) but the rear part is membranous. The bug order is divided into two sub-orders: heteroptera and homoptera. Generally the heteroptera have wings flattened over the body whilst the homopterans hold their wings in a tent-like position. Most bugs can be identified from photographs but some very similar species need examination of the actual specimens. Where this is the case we have put this in the description text. If you are unsure which part of the bug the description refers to, look here.