(minute pirate bugs)
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Small bugs (2 - 5 mm long) that are predators of other
arthropods and their eggs (e.g. plant mites, larvae and eggs of
Hemiptera such as leafhoppers, psyllids, scale
insects and whiteflies). Found in a variety of situations including on
shrubs and flowers, under bark, and in leaf litter. About 12 genera and 40
species have been recorded from southern Africa.
Jacobs, D.H. 1985. Heteroptera. In: Insects of Southern Africa (Eds C.H. Scholtz
& E. Holm). Butterworths, Durban, p. 117-152.
Lattin, J.D. 1999. Bionomics of the
Anthocoridae. Annual Review of Entomology 44: 207-231.