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Homoptera British & World English

A group of true bugs comprising those in which the forewings are uniform in texture. Plant bugs such as aphids, whitefly, scale insects, and cicadas belong to this group

Homoptera in aphid British & World English

A small bug which feeds by sucking sap from plants; a blackfly or greenfly. Aphids reproduce rapidly, sometimes producing live young without mating, and large numbers can cause extensive damage to plants

Homoptera in cottony-cushion scale British & World English

An Australian scale insect with a large fluted cottony egg sac, infesting citrus trees. It threatened to destroy the Californian citrus industry until it was controlled by the introduction of the Australian vedalia beetle

Homoptera in cicada British & World English

A large homopterous insect with long transparent wings, found chiefly in warm countries. The male cicada makes a loud, shrill droning noise by vibrating two membranes on its abdomen

Homoptera in cochineal British & World English

The scale insect that is used for cochineal, native to Mexico and formerly cultivated on cacti

Homoptera in periodical cicada British & World English

An American cicada whose nymphs emerge in large numbers in a seventeen-year (or, in the south, a thirteen-year) cycle

Homoptera in plant hopper British & World English

A small widely distributed plant-sucking bug that leaps when disturbed. Some kinds are pests of rice and sugar cane

Homoptera in plant louse British & World English

A small bug that infests plants and feeds on the sap or tender shoots, especially an aphid

Homoptera in phylloxera British & World English

A plant louse that is a pest of vines

Homoptera in scale insect British & World English

A small bug with a protective shield-like scale. It spends most of its life attached by its mouth to a single plant, sometimes occurring in such large numbers that it becomes a serious pest

Homoptera in treehopper British & World English

A tree-dwelling jumping bug that lives chiefly in the tropics. A tall backward-curving projection of the thorax gives the bug a thornlike appearance for camouflage

Homoptera in mealy bug British & World English

A small sap-sucking scale insect which is coated with a white powdery wax resembling meal and which can be a serious pest

Homoptera in froghopper British & World English

A jumping, plant-sucking bug, the larva of which produces cuckoo spit

Homoptera in lac insect British & World English

An Asian scale insect which lives on croton trees and produces secretions that are used in the production of shellac

Homoptera in lantern fly British & World English

A chiefly tropical bug which is typically brightly coloured and may have a large bizarrely shaped head. It was formerly thought to be luminescent

Homoptera in jumping plant louse British & World English

A minute hopping bug with wings, resembling a miniature cicada. Many kinds are pests of cultivated plants

Homoptera in leafhopper British & World English

A small plant bug which is typically brightly coloured and leaps when disturbed. It can be a serious crop pest in warm regions

Homoptera in kermes British & World English

The scale insect from which kermes is obtained, forming berry-like galls on the kermes oak

Homoptera in Homoptera British & World English

A group of true bugs comprising those in which the forewings are uniform in texture. Plant bugs such as aphids, whitefly, scale insects, and cicadas belong to this group

Homoptera in whitefly British & World English

A minute winged bug covered with powdery white wax, which damages plants by feeding on the sap and coating them with honeydew

homoptera in Homoptera British & World English

Bugs of the Homoptera group