Mating Cotton Stainers in South Africa

Subject: red bugs
Location: Gauteng, Kempton Park
May 18, 2016 4:50 am
Hi, we live in Kempton Park and have noticed on our pavement trees these red bugs. Can you please advise what they are and if they are problematic to surrounding areas. They are on the tree trunks and in the grass at the Base of the tree. Thank you.
Signature: Tracy

Cotton Stainers
Cotton Stainers

Dear Tracy,
Judging by the mating pair in the center of your image, there will soon be even more Red Bugs at the base of this tree.  They really are Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, and thanks to iSpot, we have identified them as Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus fasciatus. Though they are aggregating on the trees, we do not believe they are damaging the trees.  They may be feeding on the seeds of the trees, like the individuals in this iSpot image.

Thank you for taking the time out to have a look like this.

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