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Genus Dysdercus - Cotton Stainers

Red Bug for ID - Dysdercus concinnus cotton stainer nymph - Dysdercus suturellus Dysdercus concinnus Stål - Dysdercus concinnus Bug - Dysdercus concinnus A beautiful looking Bug - Dysdercus suturellus St. Andrew's Cotton Stainer - Dysdercus andreae Nymph - Dysdercus concinnus Pale Red 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)
Genus Dysdercus (Cotton Stainers)
Other Common Names
Red Bugs
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised by van Doesburg (1968)(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
The white bands on the body including the abdominal incisures are due to uric acid present in the epidermal cells.
Print References
van Doesburg Jr., P.H. 1968. A revision of the New World species of Dysdercus Guerin Meneville (Heteroptera, Pyrrhocoridae). Zoologische Verhandelingen 97(1): 1–213. (1)
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.