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Cretan soldier bug

Lygaeus saxatilis


Striking bug with body mainly black, and red patches on head, thorax and wings, and red bands on abdomen.


Found on a variety of plants in warm, sunny areas.

No species ID suggestions


Dangermouse 7 years ago

Following that link, all lygaeus look the same to me! :) I'll stay with the ID I have for now, but thanks for suggesting alternatives.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Following link says its Lygaeus equestris

Dangermouse 7 years ago

According to my wildlife book, it's definitely lygaeus saxatilis - not sure if the common name is right or not, though, but it's not a milkweed bug.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

I think its Milkweed bug...!!

Algarve, Portugal

Lat: 37.15, Long: -7.79

Spotted on Jul 7, 2011
Submitted on Jul 29, 2011

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