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Subject: red bugs
Location: Gauteng, Kempton Park
May 18, 2016 4:50 am
Hi, we live in Kempton Park and have noticed on our pavement trees these red bugs. Can you please advise what they are and if they are problematic to surrounding areas. They are on the tree trunks and in the grass at the Base of the tree. Thank you.
Signature: Tracy

Cotton Stainers

Cotton Stainers

Dear Tracy,
Judging by the mating pair in the center of your image, there will soon be even more Red Bugs at the base of this tree.  They really are Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, and thanks to iSpot, we have identified them as Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus fasciatus. Though they are aggregating on the trees, we do not believe they are damaging the trees.  They may be feeding on the seeds of the trees, like the individuals in this iSpot image.

Thank you for taking the time out to have a look like this.

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Subject: Guanacaste costa rica
Location: Nosara, guanacaste, costa rica
April 26, 2016 4:10 pm
This bug was rolling what looked like a small ball of dirt or dung very efficiently- almost dribbling it like a soccer ball.
Many of them were huddled in clusters. It was the afternoon on a dirt road.
Signature: Cilan

Immature Red Bug

Immature Red Bug

Dear Cilan,
This is an immature Red Bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae, and it looks like this image posted to FlickR.  We suspect the ball is actually a seed and the Red Bug is feeding from the seed.  Like other insects in the order Hemiptera, the mouth is designed for piercing and sucking.

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Subject: Plague of red flying insects
Location: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
March 14, 2016 7:15 pm
Help! I have a plague of these red beetley insects coming into my new apartment. There are about 30+ that have entered. They fly and they seem drawn to people. I live in the Dominican Republic in a new apartment building surrounded by sugarcane farms. It’s sugar cane harvest season right now and they’re burning a lot of the fields. Help! I need to know how to keep them out of my house!
Signature: Grace

St Andrews Cotton Stainer

St Andrews Cotton Stainer

Hi Grace,
This is a St Andrews Cotton Stainer,
Dysdercus andreae, and you can find out more information on American Insects where it states:  “In the West Indies this species develops on the seeds of the Portia tree (Thespesia populnea), a member of the mallow family that grows along the shoreline. The bugs can also develop on cotton, and in fact Dr. Harold Grau and his associates at Christopher Newport University have demonstrated that the species grows larger on cotton than on Thespesia populnea.”

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Subject: Pretty Turk’s and Caicos Insect
Location: Turks and Caicos
December 1, 2015 7:52 am
Good day!
Can you tell me what this insect is? We found them in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Is it a Turk’s Red Cap?
Cheers,
Signature: Levi

St. Andrews Cotton Stainers

St. Andrews Cotton Stainers

Dear Levi,
Though many islands have endemic species, we believe your Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae are St. Andrew’s Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus andreae, a species reported from West Indies according to BugGuide.  Many insects in the family are known to form large aggregations of both adults and nymphs as pictured in your image.  Adults have wings and nymphs do not.  Turk’s Red Cap may be a local name, but when we researched that all we found were numerous references to a plant in the genus Malvaviscus as pictured on Almost Eden.

Wow, thank you so much for the help!

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Subject: unidentified orange bug
Location: Southern Philippines
September 26, 2015 6:50 pm
Hello,
This orange bug is taking over our village. We are in Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines. No one has ever seen a bug like this. Kinda looks like assassin family.
Signature: Jennifer Van ryckeghem

Aggregation of True Bugs

Aggregation of True Bugs

Dear Jennifer,
These are not Assassin Bugs, but they are True Bugs.  We think they are most likely Cotton Stainers or Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, but we cannot locate any images of solid orange individuals like the ones in your images.  Cotton Stainers and some species of Plant Bugs are known to form aggregations like those pictured in your images when conditions are right.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to identify the genus or species that is troubling your village.

Possibly Cotton Stainer Aggregation

Possibly Cotton Stainer Aggregation

Aggregation of True Bugs

Aggregation of True Bugs

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Subject: Red beetle
Location: Ayora, Valencia, Spain
September 10, 2015 5:15 am
Please can you tell me about this bug, we now have thousands of them around our fruit and veg plants. The plants are not doing very well.
Signature: JANET

Mating Firebugs

Mating Firebugs

Dear JANET,
These are Firebugs,
Pyrrhocoris apterus, and though you have cropped out one individual in your image, you have captured a mating pair, which helps to explain the large aggregation you are experiencing.  See NatureWatch where it states:  “They are frequently observed to form aggregations, especially as immature forms, with from tens to perhaps a hundred individuals.”

Wow,  Big thank you Daniel for getting back to me with an answer to “what is my Bug?” So quickly.    I had spent many hours looking on the internet trying to identify my growing population of red bugs, with no joy.  At least now, I know, it is not a beetle and I am sure it is what is eating all my fruits and veg.  Regards Janet

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