Subject: Please identify this insect
Location: Southeast Florida – Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge
December 26, 2012 12:36 pm
I photographed these 2 red insects (with black wings) at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Florida (Palm Beach County).
What are they?
Signature: Robert Goldman
These are very nice photos of mating Cotton Stainers, Dysdercus suturellus. According to BugGuide: “found on many plants, incl. cotton, hibiscus, oranges, etc” and it is a “a pest of cotton; ‘Feeding on the cotton bolls stains them an indelible yellow as plant sap seeps out of the puncture wound, and microorganisms and fungus grows at the site. The feeding habit also damages the fibres by cutting them, and affects the growth of the cotton boll.'”
Hey Daniel. Thank you for the very prompt reply to my request. Glad you like the photos. Interesting identification. We don’t have much of a cotton crop here in South Florida.
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