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, and the Miridae, or plant bugs, as well as other true bugs, such as Dipsocoromorpha.
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* Current News from the Bug Lab*
November 2013 Christiane, Michael, Eric, Alex, Stephanie, Kim, Thereza, Amy and Sarah attended the ECN annual meeting and presented at the ESA annual conference. Michael co-organized a very successful symposium on field collecting techniques for biodiversity surveys and won 1st place the Student Competition for the President's Prize for his 10-min oral presentation. Eric was a member of the UCR Linnaean Team that won the National competition.
October 2013 Junxia Zhang joined our lab as a post-doc to work on our reduviid transcriptome project. Welcome Junxia!
September-October 2013 Christiane visited several museums in Europe to gather specimens of Dipsocoromorpha and Reduviidae.
October 2013 Visiting graduate students, Kim Ribeiro Barão and Thereza de A. Garbelotto, from the Federal University in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil will be visiting to learn about phylogenetics. Welcome!
August-September 2013 Christiane, Eric, Michael and John (Hymenoptera Systematics Lab) went on a 3 1/2 week collecting trip to Cameroon.
August 2013 Alexander Knyshov joined our lab as a Ph.D. graduate student. Welcome Alex!
July 2013 Christiane, John, and Austin (Hymenoptera Systematics Lab) went on a collecting trip to Trinidad for 14 days to collect Reduviidae, Dipsocoromorpha, and parasitic Hymenoptera.
July 2013 Stephanie Leon joined our lab as a master's student. Congrats!
May 2013 Rochelle Hoey-Chamberlain joined our lab as a Lab Assistant.
May 2013 Eric and Michael attended the Biological Specimen Informatics Short Course at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. They also used their visit to work on the Reduviidae within the collection.