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Staining Bug Facts, Diet, Habitat & Information

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OTHER NAMES

English: Cotton bug, cotton stainer; Spanish: Chinche negra (common), chinche guacha (common), chinche tintórea (Uruguay), chinchorro (Ecuador), churumbo (Peru); Portuguese: Barbeiro, percevejo manchador.

TAXONOMY

Dysdercus albofasciatus Berg, 1878, Corpus, Misiones Province, Argentina.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Nearly oval and elongate. Back is black, with a transverse whitish-yellowish stripe; venter is vivid crimson. Antennae and legs are lengthy and slender. Larvae smaller, wingless, vivid crimson.

DISTRIBUTION

Tropical South America, following the distribution of their host crops.

HABITAT

Canopy and flowering and fruiting twigs of malvaceous shrubs.

BEHAVIOR

Adults are principally solitary; larvae typically are gregarious. Adults fly readily if disturbed.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Both adults and larvae want maturing or mature seeds; they inject saliva into them and suck the ensuing liquid. When no fruits can be found, they go to flowers, buds, or rising twigs.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

They mate finish to finish. Eggs are laid on twigs or leaves. Larvae combination on the website and disperse progressively as they develop and molt.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

An unusual secondary pest of cotton crops.

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