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Cotton stainer, couple at Reniala Reserve, Ifaty Couple found on the grund in Reniala Reserve, Ifaty NP Dysdercus,Dysdercus flavidus,Heteroptera,Madagascar,Pyrrhocoridae,Reniala Reserve,cotton stainer Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Cotton stainer, couple at Reniala Reserve, Ifaty

Couple found on the grund in Reniala Reserve, Ifaty NP

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  1. Hi Dr_M_Z, do you have a reference to verify this ID?
    It doesn't looks similar to the other 3 Spotting and also all the other 3 are spotted from Europe whereas your Spotting is from Madagascar.
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. No, just our quite knowleadgable guide told us as such. Posted 3 years ago
      1. It is an Assassin Bug but may not be the same species. Posted 3 years ago
        1. Howdy you all ;o)

          It's not an assassin bug (Reduviidae) but a "cotton stainer" (Pyrrhocoridae), or maybe a Largidae (the families are hard to separate from photo), but it looks so close to Dysdercus spp that I'm assuminng Pyrrhocoridae. There are a few images of similar looking bugs from Madagascar that carry the name Dysdercus flavidus, but I'm at a complete loss when in it comes to species present on Madagascar, so that's just an observation, not an ID or even close.

          P.S. There seems to be a 1952 article by Cachan titled "Pyrrhocoridae de Madagascar" in Mem. inst. scien. Madagascar, vol.1, pp.71-92 or some such ... maybe try to find that?
          Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
          1. P.P.S. http://horizon.documentation.ird.fr/exl-doc/pleins_textes/pleins_textes_5/b_fdi_20-21/28087.pdf

            Okay, so from that too, Dysdercus flavidus seems to be the best fit by far ... (assuming no other similiar species have been described from Madagascar since)
            Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
            1. Thanks a lot for helping out! Posted 3 years ago
    2. I think the problem here is that the very generic name "assassin bug" is somehow linked to the species "Rhynocoris erythropus" specifically, whilst it is a very generic search term that could mean one of hundreds of assassin bug species.

      Rhynocoris erythropus is a European species, so you are correct that it's very unlikely to appear in Madagascar.
      Posted 3 years ago

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Dysdercus flavidus is a Red Bug (Pyrrhocoridae).

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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  • 290mm