Subject: Bug identification
Location: Northern Cyprus
April 24, 2014 11:58 pm
We are having an infestation of red bugs here in Cyprus, they range from small to about 10mm in length, any idea thank you. Des Roberts
We found a matching image on a Natural History Museum forum, but it is identified as a Seed Bug in the genus Lygaeus, and we don’t agree with that. We believe this is an immature Red Bug or Firebug in the family Pyrrocoridae, and this image from Cyprus on FlickR has a few nymphs that look very similar to the one in your image. Maybe Curious Girl who is a frequent contributor to our site can provide some information.
Update: April 29, 2014
Curious girl provided a lenghty comment that ended in the identification of Spilostethus pandurus. See this FlickR image of a nymph. It is in the Seed Bug family Lygaeidae. See image of adult here.