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small nymph


tropical rainforest


I spotted this in the Syndicate Nature Trail. Maybe the nymph of an assassin bug? I'm not sure.

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dandoucette 7 years ago

Hmmm, I'm really not sure. I guess I'm thinking it is in Pyrrhocoridae but that's not too specific. I'll go with whatever you think. as I can see the concerns you're having with it not being D. suturellus.

bayucca 7 years ago

Your thoughts about this one, Dan??

bayucca 7 years ago

In the meanwhile I am pretty sure it is exactly this one, unfortunately no ID:
Note the white parts of the antennae in both nymph and adults. After doing my research there is actually only one candidate left: Dysdercus suturellus. The only one with red head, red neck, black band and red triangle and black "wings" and some whitish at the belly.
I am not 100% happy with that. I am still missing the white antennae parts in Dysdercus suturellus. But I did not find any other possuble candidate. Maybe it is another Dysdercus sp.? Other Pyrrhocoridae (what I still think it is)? Please, take the time to look through the text and links to make your own opinion.

bayucca 7 years ago

Other candidate just for illustration and sorting out/saving tabs on my iPad...

bayucca 7 years ago

Important are the missing white stripe or any stripe other than red behind the head, color of the legs, including femur and tibia and color of the antennae. I see there some white segments, which I am not very happy with...

bayucca 7 years ago

Or a Pyrrhocoridae, Dysdercus sp.?

bayucca 7 years ago

Looks to me like a Lygaeidae nymph, but I am not sure.

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Saint Andrew Parish, Dominica

Spotted on Mar 5, 2013
Submitted on Oct 13, 2013

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