Bugs in this family mainly feed on Malvaceae, including cotton. The bugs in
this family are colourful.
- Pale Cotton Stainer Bug
- Dysdercus sidae, 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. The bugs are known will attack cotton, staining the lint and damage the
seed. More information can be found here.
- Fire Bug
- ? Dindymus sp., body length 10mm, family Largidae
- Found on Nov 2008 in Karawatha forest, the bug was hiding under loose bark,
jump onto the ground when disturbed.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p502.
- 2. Pyrrhocoridae:
Dindymus versicolor (Herrich-Schaffer) - fire bug -
Insect Reference Collection Database.
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