Although it’s cold here now and most insects have disappeared for the year, some can still be found. The other day I looked around inside a relatively warm greenhouse and came across several. Among them were a number of these tiny big-eyed bugs (Hemiptera: Geocoridae: Geocoris sp.). They get their common name from their large kidney-shaped eyes that curve backward.
Although many of the bugs in this family feed on plants, members of this genus are predators of small arthropods. These bugs are numerous and common, and serve as an important control on crop pest populations.