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Recent Examples on the Web Some of these groups (like flies) exclusively use asynchronous flight, while others, like the true bugs, have switched back and forth many times in their evolutionary history. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2023 These ultrafast wingbeats are present in at least four major insect groups, including mosquitos, bees, beetles, and true bugs or hemipterans. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2023 In fact, ladybugs are not even true bugs at all—which is why some experts call them lady beetles instead. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 31 July 2023 Belonging to the true bug group, insects like these pierce leaf cells with a strawlike mouthpart, inject an enzyme to break down tissues, and suck up the resulting slurry of cell contents. Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2023 The Belostoman Bug, however, is a true bug. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 7 Jan. 2021 Other species of true bugs include stink bugs, cicadas, aphids and leafhoppers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2019 Biologists classify true bugs because of differences in their mouth structure. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2019 Minute pirate bugs and their close cousin, insidious flower bugs, belong to the group of bugs known as true bugs, which include bed bugs, squash bugs and stink bugs. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of true bug was in 1895

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“True bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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