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Thursday, January 04, 2018

The Firebug: an insect of the family Pyrrhocoridae
by Arunas Travel Photography - 0

Pyrrhocoris apterus

The Firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) is a common red and black insect of the family Pyrrhocoridae. These insects are native to Europe, but are also found in Mongolia, India, China.



Five interesting facts about the firebug:

  • They range in length from 8 to 18 mm (0.3 to 0.7 inch).
  • They can not fly.
  • Northern Utah is the only place in the entire western hemisphere you can find these bugs, documented in Salt Lake County in 2008.
  • Their diet consists primarily of seeds from lime trees and mallows.
  • They are harmless to humans.

Firebugs
Firebugs, Lithuania
Pyrrhocoris apterus
Firebugs, Lithuania
Firebugs
Firebugs, Lithuania
Pyrrhocoris apterus
Firebugs, Lithuania
Pyrrhocoris apterus
Firebug, Lithuania
Firebug
Firebug, Lithuania
Firebugs mating
Two firebugs mating, Lithuania
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Firebug nymph, Lithuania
Firebugs
Nymph and adult of the firebug, Lithuania

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