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Pale Cotton Stainer - Dysdercus sidae

Family Pyrrhocoridae

This page contains pictures and information about Pale Cotton Stainer Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 15mm 
 
We find quite a number of this bugs on a Malvaceae Abutilon plant in early summer. We saw only the adults but no nymph around. They have the red and black head, red eyes and pink to orange body, with a small black dot on each forewing. 
 
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The bugs are known will attack cotton, staining the lint and damage the seed. 
 
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Reference:
1. Dysdercus sidae Montrouzier - AICN Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO 2005. 

 

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Last updated: January 09, 2009.