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PYRRHOCORIDAE Cotton Stainer Bugs

Dysdercus sidae (Pale Cotton Stainer) mating pair

These bugs were on an Abutilon grandifolium at Carwoola Street, Bardon, Ithaca Creek, when they transferred to the photographer's hat. They have a red and black head, white collar, red eyes and pink to orange body, with a small black dot on each forewing. Pale cotton stainer usually feeds on native plants and weeds, sometimes on cultivated plants and fruit trees. It can be a minor pest of cotton, staining the lint and damaging the seed, and is known to damage ripening peaches.

Insect > Bug > PYRRHOCORIDAE > Dysdercus sidae (Pale Cotton Stainer) mating pair
Photo: Robert Whyte

Dysdercus sidae (Pale Cotton Stainer) mating pair


Insect > Bug > PYRRHOCORIDAE > Dysdercus sidae (Pale Cotton Stainer) mating pair
Photo: Robert Whyte