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Family Pyrrhocoridae - Red Bugs

Cotton Stainer? - Dysdercus suturellus Dysderus species? - Dysdercus obliquus - male - female Scantius aegyptius Pyrrhocoris apterus - Utah - Pyrrhocoris apterus Red Bug - Dysdercus mimulus Texas Bug - Dysdercus Pyrrhocoris apterus? - Pyrrhocoris apterus - male - female bug - Dysdercus concinnus
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)
Other Common Names
10 spp. in 3 genera in our area (incl. two recently introduced w. Palaearctic spp.)(1), >400 spp. in ~65 genera worldwide(2) OR 340 spp. in ~33 genera worldwide(3)
8-18 mm(1), up to 30 mm elsewhere(2)
resemble some members of Lygaeidae, but lack ocelli and have more veins in the forewing membrane; most are colored black and red(4)
worldwide, most diverse in the tropics and subtropics, with only a few species in the temperate regions(2); in our area, more common in the south(1)
most spp. are found on low plants; a few Old World spp. are ground-dwelling and thought to feed on fallen mature seeds(2)
primarily granivorous or fructivorous(2)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Zoological catalogue of Australia: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Pentatomomorpha)
Cassis G., Gross G.F. 2002. CSIRO Publishing, 751 pp.
3.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
4.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.