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Spotted red bug

Pachycoris klugii


(Heteroptera, Scutelleridae). Pachycoris klugii (Burmeister 1835) is a common species in Mexico and Central America that in the past has been misidentified as P. torridus (Scopoli). It is an aposematic species that is brightly colored, with metallic green, and yellow, orange, or red spots. Extensive variation was observed in the color pattern of adults.


Their host plant is Cnidoscoulus multilobus (Euphorbiaceae) which is also known as “Bad woman” It is frequently found in clearings in mountain cloud forests or high jungles.


There have been several reports of maternal care in Heteroptera (Tallamy & Schaefer 1997), according to Wilson (1979) it corresponds to a subsocial behavior in which the parent offers shelter with its body, carries the nymphs around on its back or venter, or simply stands close by. Maternal behavior was related to egg parasitism, habitat and host plant phenology.

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35 Comments (1–25)

Jenavieve Jones
Jenavieve Jones 8 years ago


Muckpuk 9 years ago

Oh look at this! It is too cute! Congratulations.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

It's not eggs yunseong1... it's babies already hatched from eggs.

yunseong1 9 years ago

That look like eggs under the red bug.

pirucreaciones 9 years ago

Beautiful photo! I cant believe those are her babies!!!
Congratulation for the pic/

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations Eduardo!!

shean1 9 years ago

It that the babies underneath?? That's so cool!

Hannah F.
Hannah F. 9 years ago

What is underneath that beetle?

James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Wow. and congrats

Tom15 9 years ago

Congrats on a nice SOTD!

skeiescapes 9 years ago

Wonderful photo!
I found something similar when I was in Nicaragua. I'll have to post it so I can get it ID'd.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations Eduardo - well deserved !!

Awesome spotting and amazing photo! Congratulations on getting featured as "Spotting of the Day"! :-)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

love it congrats

Thank you so much, it's very exciting for me this SOTW!!!

Congratulations EduardoAxelRecillasBautista on this SOTW!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congrats Eduardo. Good mother on Bad Woman deserves this SOTW.

CharliePrice 9 years ago

Congrats on your SOTW...truly an amazing bug

Yasser 9 years ago

Eduardo, this spectacular spotted red bug has been chosen as our Project Noah Rangers' Spotting of the Week! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing so many incredible photos with us and we look forward to seeing more through your lens. Congrats again!

We've shared the news with our Facebook and Twitter friends as well.


naserldinabd 9 years ago

she got to much babys

It is an honor to benominated for the Spotting of the Week. Thanks !!

Thanks Maria dB!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

What a wonderful spotting! There is another mission about parental care in general to which you can also add this spotting:

danuuribe 9 years ago

Incredible photo! Wow.

Hidalgo, Mexico

Spotted on May 10, 2008
Submitted on Nov 12, 2014

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