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Subject: Red bugs
Location: Sardinal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
January 21, 2014 12:52 pm
I’ve been trying to find the right name of this species. I found out that they are red bugs in different stages but what about the second picture with the pale ones? Are they adult of the same species? Thanks in advance.
Signature: Brigitte

Two Spotted Cotton Stainer

Two Spotted Cotton Stainers

Dear Brigitte,
We are very happy you provided two images because only one of the images includes winged adults and immature nymphs can be notoriously difficult to identify to the species level.  You actually correctly identified these Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae.  Bugs in this family frequently form aggregations like the one you documented.  We did a bit of searching, and we have matched the adult individuals in your photo to the Two Spotted Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus bimaculatus, pictured on BugGuide.

Aggregation of Two Spotted Cotton Stainer nymphs

Aggregation of Two Spotted Cotton Stainer nymphs

Thanks, I really appreciate your help.  I’m a bird photographer and I practically know nothing about bugs.
Brigitte

 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Sardinal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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