Lygaeidea & Pyrrhocoroidea

Ant-mimicking Seed Bug I
Ant-mimicking Seed Bug II
Brown Seed Bug
Black and White Seed Bug 

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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1. Dysdercus sidae Montrouzier - AICN Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO 2005.
2. Pale cotton stainers, Dysdercus sidae - Lewis Wilson, Moazzem Khan, Tracey Farrell, Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, 2008. 

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Last updated: September 13, 2010.