Cotton Stainers Bugs - Family Pyrrhocoridae

Bugs in this family mainly feed on Malvaceae, including cotton. The bugs in this family are colourful.

Pale Cotton Stainer Bug
wpe12.jpg (44952 bytes)  wpe25.jpg (36752 bytes)
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
DSC_2241.jpg (119185 bytes)  DSC_2245.jpg (109201 bytes)
? Dindymus sp., body length 10mm, family Largidae
DSC_2246.jpg (138146 bytes)  DSC_2249a.jpg (59166 bytes)
PWC_7715.jpg (161095 bytes)
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.  

Back to top

Up ] Family Miridae ] Family Reduviidae ] Family Rhyparochromidae ] Family Lygaeidae ] [ Family Pyrrhocoridae ] Family Largidae ] Family Coreidae ] Family Alydidae ] Family Rhopalidae ] Others ]

See us in our Home page. Download large pictures in our Wallpaper web page. Give us comments in our Guest Book, or send email to us. A great way to support us is to buy the CD from us.  
Last updated: January 09, 2009.