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Genus Dysdercus - Cotton Stainers

Attracted to UV light - Dysdercus suturellus brown stainer - side - Dysdercus obliquus variety of plant bug - Dysdercus mimulus cotton stainer nymph - Dysdercus suturellus Dysdercus suturellus - female Dsydercus suturellus Fifth Instar - Dysdercus suturellus Dysdercus obliquus Dysdercus bimaculatus
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)
Other Common Names
Red Bugs
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Dysdercus Guérin-Méneville 1831
These bugs' feeding on cotton produce a stain on the lint
9 spp. in our area(2), ~70 total
8-18 mm
Similar to Lygaeidae but lack ocelli; typically red and black
pantropical group ranging into so. US
hosts: mostly Malvaceae, including cotton
Works Cited
1.A revision of the New World species of Dysdercus Guérin Méneville (Heteroptera, Pyrrhocoridae)
van Doesburg P.H. 1968. Zoologische Verhandelingen 97: 1-215.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.