Subject: Katydid Question
Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
March 2, 2014 6:23 pm
Just have a few bug questions. Wondering what these are, theres a katydid, a spider and a pile of these cool red beetles. Common name and genuis-species would be nice too if possible. Thanks!
We were surprised that we received two identification requests from the British Virgin Islands on the same day, and we can’t help but to wonder if there was some local publicity that led you to our site. For the purposes of organizing our archives, we like for each posting to contain a single species, or if there are multiple species, for them to be classified similarly. For that reason we are only posting your “cool red beetles” which are actually St. Andrew’s Cotton Stainers, Dysdercus andreae, a species of Red Bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae and classified as True Bugs and not Beetles. There are several mating pairs evident in your photo. See BugGuide for verification of our identification. Please resend your other identification requests individually using our standard submission form by clicking the Ask What’s That Bug? link and please provide any important background information on the sightings.