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Description:

Seasonal bugs appear around October. They seem to related to milkweed bugs based on their physiology and are also common around the same time but they tend not to cluster as the milkweeds do. They are found in large loose groups on the same plant but only really interact when mating. The young are usually found solitary and although visually nymphs are virtually identical to milkweeds the behavior is different, these being a lot more skittish.

Habitat:

Tropical dwarf dry forest

Notes:

These are true bugs (hemipteran) noted by their rostrum (mouthparts used for feeding) and believed to be of the family Lygaeidae Snaps also added from 19 Oct 2011

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21 Comments

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 8 years ago

Thanks

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

awesome bug!

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 9 years ago

Great shield design!

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 9 years ago

@ Argrybee the first three are Bahamas Strongback (Bourreria ovata) the last one is neem (Azadirachta indica) I added one from last year with my new cam might add more in future

KatCuff
KatCuff 9 years ago

He's very colorful!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

lovely colours!

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

cool spotting!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

what is the plant? looks like some solanacae

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Very nice!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Hmmm..
I feel its close to...(as per wings shape)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/darius_bauz...

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

I'm not sure I can help with the ID any further than that as I'm not familiar with insects in your area. The photos look pretty good on my laptop monitor.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Can be Tarnished Plant Bug...? Miridae

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 9 years ago

these apparently start to appear in october so i wll try to get some newer better pictures up soon btw ----does the the colour fade and the quality drop for anyone else when you upload a picture? because these were mostly taken in 14 megapixels and are a lot brighter and colourful on my computer before upload

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 9 years ago

actually it might be a type of milkweed bug they appear around the same time are in the same are and look and behave similarly look at this link and tell me what you think http://bugguide.net/node/view/444924/bgp...

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 9 years ago

yea thats the closest match that i can see

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Gordon... you must be right with... Lygaeoidea...!!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

One of the seed bugs (Lygaeidae) perhaps? Beautiful colors!

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 9 years ago

not sure they not as broad as most and are really small about the length of a fingernail are found in large groups with the rest not having wings sometimes and a softbody

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

shield bug?

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 9 years ago

ive seen others that i suppose are related that are red and black and some babies that are all red or orange

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

unusual colors!!

hg_williams3
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Turks and Caicos Islands

Spotted on Oct 21, 2009
Submitted on Sep 23, 2011

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