These were spotted in Hungary on the stump of a tree. The adult was about 2mm long. Is it a box elder bug? I took the photo mainly because, upside down, it looks like a very scary African mask!
Delia Campbell

Hi Delia,
These Hemipterans are commonly called Firebugs. Firebugs, Pyrrhocoris apterus, are in the family Pyrrhocoridae. Boxelder Bugs are in the Scentless Plant Bugs Family Rhopalidae.

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