Includes the family of the Lice (Pediculidae), often reckoned as Hemiptera (q.v.).
Each foot is provided with a single strong claw which, opposed to a process on the shin, serves to grasp a hair of the host, all the lice being parasites on different mammals.
The true lice (or Anoplura) are found on the bodies of many Mammalia, and occasion by their presence intolerable irritation.
Anoplura The Anoplura or lice (see LousE) are wingless parasitic insects (fig.
The arrangement of the jaws is remarkably constant throughout the order, if we exclude from it the lice (Anoplura).
They beat the tattoo, called the roll, had supper, and settled down round the fires for the night--some repairing their footgear, some smoking pipes, and some stripping themselves naked to steam the lice out of their shirts.
The Anoplura or lice should not be included among the Hemiptera, but it has been thought convenient to refer briefly to them at the close of this article.
Aristotle explicitly taught abiogenesis, and laid it down as an observed fact that some animals spring from putrid matter, that plant lice arise from the dew which falls on plants, that fleas are developed from putrid matter, and so forth.