RED COTTON STAINER BUG (Dysdercus Cingulatus-Fabricius) - ©j_aubz
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhocoridae
- Pyrrhocoridae is a family of insects with more than 300 species world-wide.
- A common species in the American South where they are known as “red bugs”
- A common species in parts of Europe is the firebug
- They are part of the order Hemiptera which are also known as the ‘true bugs’
- A few are important crop pests.
- They are called cotton stainers because their red bodies get crushed along with the cotton they eat when it is harvested, and these stains are difficult to remove.
- Their feeding mechanism also cuts the fibres and hence affects the growth of the cotton ball.
- They caused massive problems in the United States during the industrial revolution.