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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
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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
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? Dindymus sp., body length 10mm, family Largidae
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Found on Nov 2008 in Karawatha forest, the bug was hiding under loose bark, jump onto the ground when disturbed. 
Reference:
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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Last updated: January 09, 2009.