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Species Dysdercus suturellus - Cotton Stainer

Attracted to UV light - Dysdercus suturellus plant bug? - Dysdercus suturellus plant bug? - Dysdercus suturellus True Bug? - Dysdercus suturellus - male - female Cotton Stainer - Dysdercus suturellus Red, White, and Black Bug - Dysdercus suturellus Red and Black True Bugs - Dysdercus suturellus - male - female plant bug? - Dysdercus suturellus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily Pyrrhocoroidea
Family Pyrrhocoridae (Red Bugs)
Genus Dysdercus (Cotton Stainers)
Species suturellus (Cotton Stainer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dysdercus suturellus (Herrich-Schaeffer)
Orig. Comb: Pyrrhocoris suturellus Herrich-Schäffer 1842
Size
adult 11-17 mm
Identification
Corium light to dark brown, not reddish; black spot absent, but a dark bar sometimes variously developed from obscure to distinct. First antennomere distinctly longer than the second.
Range
se. US / W. Indies (1), but mostly so. FL (BG data)
Season
yr round in FL (BG data)
Food
found on many plants, incl. cotton, hibiscus, oranges, etc.(1)
Remarks
a pest of cotton; "Feeding on the cotton bolls stains them an indelible yellow as plant sap seeps out of the puncture wound, and microorganisms and fungus grows at the site. The feeding habit also damages the fibres by cutting them, and affects the growth of the cotton boll." (Tan 2001)
Internet References
Fact sheet - F.W. Mead, U. of Florida, 2014