What’s that witchdoctor doing on the insect’s back?
Hi Bugman,
Please ID this weird insect that I shot in our garden.I stay in Palm Meadows
http://www.adarshdevelopers.com/projects/palmmeadows/palm_location.html in Bangalore.
Thanks,
Shastri



Hi Shastri,
We checked with Eric Eaton who identified this insect as a member of the Cotton Stainer Family Pyrrhocoridae which are common in the tropics and the South. One species, Dysdercus suturellus is very injurious to cotton by piercing the stems and bolls with its beak and sucking the sap. The greatest damage is done by staining the cotton with its excrement.

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