Pyrrhocoridae

Pronunciation:  [Pier·o·COR·i·dae]

Common Name:  Red Bugs and Cotton Stainers

Description:  Often found feeding on cotton or related plants.  Red bugs resemble seed bugs (Lygaeidae) but lack dorsal ocelli.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Often brightly colored with with red or orange
  2. Four-segmented antennae
  3. Ocelli absent
  4. Forewing membrane with 6-10 long veins that radiate from 2 or 3 closed cells

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Order:  Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera