The suborder Heteroptera, sometimes known as True Bugs, comprises about 40,000 species in 86 families and is one of the largest groups of non-holometabolous insects. They show tremendous morphological and biological diversity; however, like other non-holometabolous insects they have attracted the attention of only a small number of researchers. True bugs are found in terrestrial, aquatic, and even marine habitats and their feeding preferences range from phytophagous to zoophagous and hematophagous, involving monophagy, mixed feeding, and parasitism.                                

Our lab at the University of California Riverside (UCR) focuses on systematic research in the two largest family-rank taxa within Heteroptera, the Reduviidae, or assassin bugs, as well as minute litter bugs, Dipsocoromorpha, and other true bugs, such as Miridae, or plant bugs. 

Some ongoing projects: 

Reduviidae PEET grant

Tri-trophic ADBC Project

NSF ARTS Litter Bugs


Call for Phymata !!!

 * Current News from the Bug Lab*

April 2015 Stephanie visited Montana State University for one week to sort samples for Dipsocoromorpha.

April 2015 Paul earned an Honorable Mention for his NSF-GRFP. Congrats Paul!!!

December 2014 The Reduviid Subfamily Key was published.

November 2014 Christiane, Alex, Stephanie, Eric, Michael, Paul and Filipe attended the ESA and ECN meetings in Portland, OR.

October 2014 Christiane, Alex, and Stephanie collected Dipsocoromorpha in Costa Rica for 18 days.

September 2014 Christiane and Stephanie traveled to British Columbia to collect Dipsocoromorpha for 3 days.

September 2014 Alex visited the British Museum of Natural History for 7 days to image types of Dipsocoromorpha and organize a loan.

July 2014 Christiane, Michael, Eric, Alex, Stephanie, Kim, Junxia, Leonidas and Rochelle attended and presented at the IHS quadrennial meeting at the USNM. Michael and Eric received Annemarie & Nils Moller-Andersen Travel Awards to attend. And Stephanie won 2nd place in student talk competition.

July 2014 Michael visited BMNH for a couple of days to image type specimens.

July 2014 Paul Masonick, a new masters student who will be conducting research on Phymata, arrived. Welcome Paul!

July 2014 Leonidas-Romanos Davranoglou visited from Greece to conduct research on Physoderes.

June 2014 The Heteroptera Systematics and Hymenoptera Systematics labs hosted a ADBC data mining workshop at UCR.

May 2014 Christiane went on a 2 week collecting trip to Argentina with the Hymenoptera Systematics lab.