Meaning of Heteroptera in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhɛtəˈrɒpt(ə)rə/

plural noun

  • 1Entomology
    A group of true bugs comprising those in which the forewings are non-uniform, having a thickened base and membranous tip. The predatory and water bugs belong to this group, as well as many plant bugs.

    Compare with Homoptera

    Suborder Heteroptera, order Hemiptera

    ‘To date, 10 insect orders, Homoptera, Heteroptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Odonata, Isoptera, Orthoptera, and Dictyoptera, have been recorded to be hosts of Cordyceps species.’
    • ‘Other insects from these sites include Odonata, Blattodea, Isoptera, Dermaptera, Heteroptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Trichoptera, and Diptera are presently documented on the basis of only a relatively few specimens.’
    • ‘Insects, such as Hymenoptera, Heteroptera, Coleoptera, Dermaptera, some Diptera, and some Lepidoptera have convergently developed an ability to attach their wings to the body when resting.’
    • ‘The wekiu bug belongs to the family Lygaeidae within the order of insects known as Heteroptera (true bugs).’
    • ‘For the Insecta, 29 families in 8 orders were identified, with species of Thysanoptera, Coleoptera, and Heteroptera being the most abundant.’
    1. 1.1Bugs of the Heteroptera group.
      • ‘in many heteroptera the ganglia are distinct’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek heteros ‘other’ + pteron ‘wing’.