Lygaeidea & Pyrrhocoroidea

Ant-mimicking Seed Bug I
Ant-mimicking Seed Bug II
Brown Seed Bug
Black and White Seed Bug 

Cotton Stainers and Their Relatives - Superfamily PYRRHOCOROIDEA

Order Hemiptera

This page contains pictures and information about Bugs in Superfamily PYRRHOCOROIDEA that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Bugs in Superfamily PYRRHOCOROIDEA are mostly red and black in colours. They are medium in size. They can be distinguished from Lygaeid Bugs in the absence of ocelli and the more abundant venation of the membrane. 

Family Largidae - Largid Bugs
This is a small family. Largid bugs are general feeders, sucking juices from a variety of plants. They are from 4 to 20mm long, with oval shape and flattened body. We only found one species in this family.
Family Pyrrhocoridae - Cotton Stainers
Bugs in this family mainly feed on Malvaceae, including cotton. They usually have the red, black, pink or orange colours body, with a small black patterns forewing.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 429.
2. Plant Bugs - Dr Murray Fletcher, PRIMEFACT 508, NSW DPI, May 2007.
3. Superfamily PYRRHOCOROIDEA -  Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study.
4. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p146. 
5. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 

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Last updated: February 22, 2012.