Red Cotton Bug-Dysdercus cingulatus

Red Cotton Bug or Red Cotton Stainer. (Dysdercus cingulatus) is a colorful bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae. It's a pest of cotton and that's why it's called red cotton bug. Besides cotton it feeds on a variety of plants. Personally I observed it in the okra field. The female (20mm) is larger then the male (18mm).

Red Cotton Bug (Dysdercus cingulatus)
Red Cotton Bug (Dysdercus cingulatus) Mating
Red Cotton Bug Nymph

6 comments:

Friend of HK said...

Pretty pests!

Sharodindu said...

orange, white, black... great color combination gifted by nature.. thanks birdy to bring this gift to us :)

Marvin said...

It is a very colorful bug that seems to be sending out a loud and clear message that it won't make a good meal for birds. Too bad it has to be a crop pest. Great macros!

ascu75 aka Don said...

Great shots, I think it looks great

Andrea said...

Hi Birdy, haven't heard from you for a while. We have lots of these too, when we were kids we used to play with them. I didnt know they are pest then, coz we always find them in bushy weeds.

daisugi said...

thank for the info. finally i know what the name of the insects is. i found it sometimes in my place.