Red Bugs From Kazakhstan
My husband and I recently returned from Kazakhstan, having spent the summer over there. We saw these bugs everywhere (northern and southern parts of the country). This particular photo is from a park in the former capital of Almaty. Can you tell us what they are? These seem to have two different patterns – are they they same thing? Thanks!

Hi Amy,
These are Firebugs, or Fire Bugs, Pyrrhocoris apterus, a True Bug that is found throughout much of Europe and Western Asia. Since it is a True Bug, it has incomplete metamorphosis with the immature insect resembling the adult, but without wings. You photo shows both immature and adult Firebugs.

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