Firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus)

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).
  • 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 can not fly.
  • 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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4 comments

  1. Those pictures are so clean and professional!! Great to know in detail about firebug!!

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  2. These pictures are perfectly crisp. What a vibrant color on that harmless little bug. I love the focus on the bug with the surrounding blur. And now I know a little about this pretty bug.

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  3. Wow these are such interesting insects! I love their color pattern

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  4. These are amazing photography. Really interesting to look at!

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