Coleorrhyncha (True bugs - Order: Hemiptera)

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The Coleorrhyncha is one of the four suborders of the Hemiptera. The suborder contains just one family, the Peloridiidae, and this contains just 30 species. These insects are less than 5mm in length and almost all of them are flightless. They can be found in New Zealand, Australia and some areas of South America. They feed on mosses and are usually found in forests.

Many consider the insects within the Coleorrhyncha to be 'living fossils' and to be related to the suborder Heteroptera.

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