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Costa Rican beetle?
March 28, 2010
I found this bug in Costa Rica, although it was in a park that mirrors the various ecosystems in Costa Rica, so the exact location won’t be much help.
Costa Rica, San Jose, InBioParque

Pale Red Bug

Hi Again Jenny,
Thank you so much for sending your identification requests individually.  It makes it much easier for us to post responses and archive postings that way.  This is not a beetle.  This is a Pale Red Bug or Turk’s Cap Red Bug, Dysdercus concinnus.  It is one of the Cotton Stainers.  According to BugGuide:  “Range Rio Grande Valley, Texas south to Columbia per Distant (1880-1893).  Food Mallows, often on Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)

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