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Cotton Stainer Bug

Dysdercus sp.


These red bugs in different sizes and stages of maturity were found running all over the places: in the forest on the road, on the river bank nearby. Many were mating, others carrying, perhaps, babies with them, still others in group formations (so many) of 20s to 30s like this! Length: ranging from 12 - 17mm.


Sal forest nearby a river (Teesta). Dry and hot place.


Out of curiosityI gently dissected the group and examined inside, anticipating something that they may eating. There were none. They were simply pushing in toward the centre and in turn driving others out! I felt they may be simply re-living the environment initially they came from!

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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Thanks mapplemoth66, Gilma, tmvdh and Antonio for making it favourite.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Thanks tmvdh. Doing the edit.

tmvdh 4 years ago

Well, this one isn't P. apterus either...

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West Bengal, India

Spotted on May 8, 2016
Submitted on Nov 4, 2016

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