Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Red Bug in Malaysia


This is a reply to Malaysia Flowers,who was looking to ID this bug. I can't pin it down exactly, but I think I'm pretty close. It's a species of Cotton Stainer bug. Order Hemiptera, family Pyrrhocoridae. Someone else, in Singapore, had submitted a photo of a similar bug here. (you have to scroll down quite a bit to see it, though.)

These bugs could be considered "cousins" to assasin bugs, having a similar body style and sucking mouthparts, but while the duller-colored assassins feed on other insects, these red guys suck the juices from the plants.

Nice macro shot. What a beautiful white hibiscus. Hope to see more flowers and bugs from Malaysia.
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