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OTHER NAMES

English: Cotton bug, cotton stainer; Spanish: Chinche negra (general), chinche guacha (general), 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 bright red. Antennae and legs are long and slender. Larvae smaller, wingless, bright red.

DISTRIBUTION

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

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HABITAT

Canopy and flowering and fruiting twigs of malvaceous shrubs.

BEHAVIOR

Adults are mostly solitary; larvae often are gregarious. Adults fly readily if disturbed.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Both adults and larvae prefer maturing or mature seeds; they inject saliva into them and suck the resulting liquid. When no fruits are available, they go to flowers, buds, or growing twigs.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

They mate end to end. Eggs are laid on twigs or leaves. Larvae aggregate at the site and disperse progressively as they grow and molt.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

An uncommon secondary pest of cotton crops.