Plant bugs are characterized by the bend in the lower portion of their wings. Where this bend is there is a notch; this is the notch that is lacking in the Lygaeidae family. Plant bugs are quite variable in color and shape. This family is the largest of the Hemiptera with 10,000 worldwide species and 1,800 in North America.
Mirids get a bad name mostly because of the Tarnished Plant Bug, but most of these bugs make no impact on our plants and some are beneficial. . Nearly all the species in this family feed on plants with many of them being host specific to a particular plant or particular plant part. And like all things with insects, there are exceptions and we find that a few of the Mirids are predatory on other insects.