A family of mostly-predatory bugs (Heteroptera) with small, flattened bodies, which also feed on pollen and plant tissues. Species of Orius are used to control small insect pests, such as thrips (Thysanoptera). Those of Anthocoris to control Psyllidae, and Elatophilus hebraicus is an important, specific enemy of Matsucoccus josephi.


Pericart, J. and Halperin, J. 1989. The Anthocoridae of Israel (heteroptera). Phytoparasitica 17: 91-98.

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