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Subject: South African Bug
Location: Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
March 7, 2013 12:24 am
Dear Bugman,
We spotted this bug while on a walking safari in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe last September. The first image I’m uploading to you is the photo we took of the bug. Using Google Images, I found the second image which shows a mating pair of the bugs and was taken at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Many thanks!
Signature: Eric

True Bug

Welwitschia Bug

Dear Eric,
Thank you for letting us know that only one of the photos was taken by you since we cannot post the other due to copyright infringement.  Alas, we have already spent our allotted time updating the site this morning and we cannot do the research to try to identify your True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, but we will do further research later.  In the meantime, perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a species identification while we are off teaching and otherwise furthering the education of others.

Thank you, Daniel.  It is helpful to know that the insect we photographed belongs to the suborder Heteroptera rather than the order Coleoptera.  That helps to narrow my search which I will continue while waiting to hear more from you.

Update:  March 9, 2013
Thanks to Cesar Crash because he pointed out that we already have an example in our archives of this Cotton Stainer,
Odontopus sexpunctatus, which is commonly called the Welwitschia Bug according to Andy Cowley.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

5 Responses to Cotton Stainer from South Africa is Welwitschia Bug

    • bugman says:

      Thanks Cesar,
      Thursday and Friday are both very long days at work and away from the WTB? offices, so your assistance in this identification is greatly appreciated.

  1. Darren says:

    Hi I stay in Gauteng on small holding I came across this bug. They are red in colour and appear in big red bunches. They were on my boundary wall and on a tree in my garden. Why are they here?
    What is attracting them?

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