big-eyed bug

noun

Definition of big-eyed bug

:a bug of the family Lygaeidae; especially :any of several bugs (genus Geocoris) that have protuberant eyes which project backward over the pronotum and feed especially on aphids and leafhoppers
  • Ground beetles and big-eyed bugs are actually beneficial and help to keep pest insects under control.
  • —Eleanor FoersteOrlando Sentinel19 Nov. 1994
  • The big-eyed bug preys on spider mites (Tetranychus species), serious pests of the cotton plant.
  • Science News26 July 1997

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