Subject: Pretty Turk’s and Caicos Insect
Location: Turks and Caicos
December 1, 2015 7:52 am
Can you tell me what this insect is? We found them in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Is it a Turk’s Red Cap?
Though many islands have endemic species, we believe your Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae are St. Andrew’s Cotton Stainers, Dysdercus andreae, a species reported from West Indies according to BugGuide. Many insects in the family are known to form large aggregations of both adults and nymphs as pictured in your image. Adults have wings and nymphs do not. Turk’s Red Cap may be a local name, but when we researched that all we found were numerous references to a plant in the genus Malvaviscus as pictured on Almost Eden.
Wow, thank you so much for the help!