Subject: red bugs
Location: Sarasota , Florida
December 28, 2013 9:35 am
I’m writing from Sarasota, Florida. In June my neighbour put out some leftover dog food after her little dog died. A few days later there were all this beautiful red and black bugs in various stages crawling around it. They didn’t it the dog food, they went away from it. Even crawling up a tree. What are they?
The True Bugs in the photo are immature, wingless Cotton Stainers, Dysdercus suturellus, and winged adults. In addition to cotton, the Cotton Stainers will also feed on other plants including hibiscus and orange trees, according to bugGuide. Cotton Stainers, like other True Bugs, have mouths designed to pierce and suck, and it is possible that they were attracted to the moisture in the pet food.
Thank you so much for this information.
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