Subject: Red beetle
Location: Ayora, Valencia, Spain
September 10, 2015 5:15 am
Please can you tell me about this bug, we now have thousands of them around our fruit and veg plants. The plants are not doing very well.
These are Firebugs, Pyrrhocoris apterus, and though you have cropped out one individual in your image, you have captured a mating pair, which helps to explain the large aggregation you are experiencing. See NatureWatch where it states: “They are frequently observed to form aggregations, especially as immature forms, with from tens to perhaps a hundred individuals.”
Wow, Big thank you Daniel for getting back to me with an answer to “what is my Bug?” So quickly. I had spent many hours looking on the internet trying to identify my growing population of red bugs, with no joy. At least now, I know, it is not a beetle and I am sure it is what is eating all my fruits and veg. Regards Janet