What kind of beetle is this?
Location: Lagoa Azul, Penha Longa, Sintra, Portugal
January 20, 2012 5:33 am
Hello ATB.
I ran into this beetle and have searched along almost all of your beetles in WTB but didn’t found it.
Maybe you could help me identify what kind of beetle this is. It seems some kind of Longhorn Beetle.
This was taken near a lake in Portugal. It is very common beetle in here. It was taken in the winter and this beetle has about 5cm long.
Can you please help me identify this beetle?
Thanks,
Signature: Diogo Ferreira

Harlequin Bug

Dear Diogo,
We hoped you enjoyed browsing through all of our beetles, the most numerous category on our website, but alas, you were searching the wrong category.  This is not a Beetle.  It is a True Bug.  We quickly identified it as
Lygaeus equestris and we found numerous photos on the FlickRiver page of the world’s best photos of Lygaeus equestrisIt can also be found on the Encyclopedia of Life website.  The genus Lygaeus belongs to the Seed Bug family Lygaeidae.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much. You were of great help.
I was indeed a little lost…
Thanks once again.
Diogo Ferreira.

Location: Portugal

3 Responses to Seed Bug from Portugal

  1. Curious Girl says:

    I am pretty sure this is actually the adult version of Spilostethus pandurus which is also seen in Cyprus but I have definitely seen a few in Portugal. I say this based on the brown wings that do not have a white ring, and the shoulders which have a continuous black marking all the way up to the head. The triangle at the top of the wings too is more narrow and sharper. Of course it would be better with the head in the photo but I believe it would only confirm it.

    https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/04/25/firebug-nymph-cyprus/

    Someday I’ll send in my pictures of Spilostethus pandurus as both adult and juvenile (don’t want to overwhelm you in the busy season — unless you signal otherwise as it is prime season for them now). They actually seem to have quite a lot of personality but tend to be lone bugs (perhaps because they can fly) rather than aggregate like the much smaller non-flying Fire bugs.

    Oh, ha ha… perhaps you might consider putting in a section on Insect movies & docs. Seems there is one with a section on the perils of being a Japanese Red Bug Mama (Animal Planet & BBC), and one on the Japanese love affair with bugs just to get you started:

    http://www.bbcamerica.com/earth-night/guide/life/insects/

    http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movie-reviews/2010/08/19/Beetle-Queen-documentary-explores-Japan-s-love-affair-with-insects/stories/201008190361

    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/beetle-queen-conquers-tokyo/

    And of course there are also all the Bee movies such as Queen of the Sun. :^)

    • bugman says:

      Hi Curious Girl,
      We would love your images of Spilostethus pandurus and if you send them today or tomorrow, we may be able to post them prior to leaving town for a few weeks. Please use the scientific name as the subject line to catch our attention as our identification requests are increasing as you surmised.

  2. Curious Girl says:

    I am pretty sure this is actually the adult version of Spilostethus pandurus which is also seen in Cyprus but I have definitely seen a few in Portugal. I say this based on the brown wings that do not have a white ring, and the shoulders which have a continuous black marking all the way up to the head. The triangle at the top of the wings too is more narrow and sharper. Of course it would be better with the head in the photo but I believe it would only confirm it.

    https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/04/25/firebug-nymph-cyprus/

    Someday I’ll send in my pictures of Spilostethus pandurus as both adult and juvenile (don’t want to overwhelm you in the busy season — unless you signal otherwise as it is prime season for them now). They actually seem to have quite a lot of personality but tend to be lone bugs (perhaps because they can fly) rather than aggregate like the much smaller non-flying Fire bugs.

    Oh, ha ha… perhaps you might consider putting in a section on Insect movies & docs. Seems there is one with a section on the perils of being a Japanese Red Bug Mama (Animal Planet & BBC), and one on the Japanese love affair with bugs just to get you started:

    http://www.bbcamerica.com/earth-night/guide/life/insects/

    http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movie-reviews/2010/08/19/Beetle-Queen-documentary-explores-Japan-s-love-affair-with-insects/stories/201008190361

    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/beetle-queen-conquers-tokyo/

    And of course there are also all the Bee movies such as Queen of the Sun. :^)

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