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Subject:  Can you please ID this assasin bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Antipolo Philippines
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 06:02 AM EDT
Hi Bugman!
Can you please identify what species of Assasin bug these guys are. I caught them on one of my Okra plants and they are adorable.
How you want your letter signed:  Mohammad Mehdi Saatchi

Red Cotton Stainer

Dear Mohammad,
Though it resembles an Assassin Bug and though it is classified in the same order as Assassin Bugs, this Red Cotton Stainer is actually a member of the Red Bug family Pyrrhocoridae.  We verified your Red Cotton Stainer’s identity as
Dysdercus cingulatus thanks to Project Noah.

Red Cotton Stainers

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Subject:  Bug that looks like it’s in a Marching Band
Geographic location of the bug:  Clearwater Florida
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 03:08 PM EDT
Hi Bugman I shot this COOL! looking bug yesterday. It looks like it’s in a Marching Band Outfit. Would it be possible for you to identify for me? Thanks Again Very Much!
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen

Mating Cotton Stainers

Dear Brent,
We love your colorful description.  These are mating Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus suturellus, and according to BugGuide:  “found on many plants, incl. cotton, hibiscus, oranges, etc.”

Mating Cotton Stainers

Hi Bugman – Thanks Again Very Much!!! for your identification – It’s a really Cool looking bug. Have a Great Day! Brent

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Subject:  Cluster of Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  San Pedro, CA
Date: 09/13/2017
Time: 01:30 AM EDT
I was walking my dog on a path by the ocean and noticed a large isolated collection of bright red bugs I don’t recall ever seeing in my life despite living in this general area all my life.
How you want your letter signed:  curious dog walker

Aggregation of Mediterranean Red Bugs

Dear curious dog walker,
These are Mediterranean Red Bugs, an invasive species that was recently introduced to Southern California.  They generally get noticed when they form large aggregations of both adult and immature individuals.

Aggregation of Mediterranean Red Bugs

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Subject: Fire Bug Utah
Location: South Ogden, Utah
August 10, 2017 6:50 am
I just wanted to submit a photo of a single fire bug I found in my yard on 8/6/2017. I live in South Ogden, Utah
Signature: Jason Fabert

Fire bug

Dear Jason,
Thanks for submitting your image of an invasive, exotic Fire Bug which we first reported from Utah in 2010.

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Subject: Beetle
Location: Cuba
March 22, 2017 4:50 am
Please could you help me ID this beetle we found , whilst on holiday in Cuba
Thank you
Signature: Lynne Demaine

Cotton Stainer

Dear Lynne,
This is not a Beetle, but rather a True Bug.  This is a Cotton Stainer in the genus
Dysdercus, and we believe it is Dysdercus sanguinarius based on this En Advisor Travel site.

Dear Daniel
Many thanks  – that is brilliant and so quick too!
The fact it is not a beetle explains why my attempts to ID it failed miserably!
Best wishes
Lynne

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Subject: What type of Beetle
Location: Noida, U.P. India
December 10, 2016 8:35 pm
Hello,
Your site has been very helpful in most cases. Kindly assist in identifying the attached image of Beetle, it was tiny and slim.
Signature: Aditi

Cotton Stainer from India

Cotton Stainer from India

Dear Aditi,
The reason you have had trouble identifying this Cotton Stainer,
Dysdercus cingulatus, is because it is a True Bug in the Red Bug family Pyrrhocoridae, and not a beetle.  The Cotton Stainer is pictured on Biodiversity IndiaCurrent Biotica has a scholarly article that states:  “The red cotton bug, Dysdercus cingulatus Fab is an important pest damaging okra in India. Both adults and nymphs feed on developing fruits and affect the crop yield and quality of fruits.”  As an aside, we are fascinated that the city Noida is an anagram for India.

Dear Daniel,
Thanks so much,is it also called ‘Red Cotton Bug’ ?

That is correct.

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