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Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus
Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus


Firebug
The Firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) is one of the Pyrrhocoridae. It is found in Central Europe, and throughout the palearctic (region comprising Eurasia north of the Himalayas, together with North Africa and the temperate part of the Arabian peninsula).
Pyrrhocoris apterus
Pyrrhocoris apterus
Usually firebugs are 9 mm to 11.5 mm long. Their color is black and red and very conspicuous drawn. On neck shield a rimmed red spot, which is almost rectangular. The animals have shorter wings. However, sometimes fully winged and flying specimens observed. These are mainly male.
Head of a Firebug
Head of a Firebug
The basic color of the half ceiling is red. In its middle is a circular black spot and another, smaller, at the approach of the mid ceilings. The clavus and the membrane's approach are black. The markers and the abdomen are also black, the latter has a red outline. Legs, antennae and head are black. The inner edges of the half blankets together with the bottom of the neck shield do frame a black surface in the form of an equilateral triangle.
Firebug - Rear view
Firebug - Rear view
The firebugs particularly like living in sunny places on the ground beneath lime and mallow family (rosemallow, Althaea, Malva), where they encountered their hundreds. Firebugs suck to the falling seeds of these plants. In addition, they nourish the seeds of the black locust. In addition the animals suck stems and leaves of herbaceous plants, sometimes on eggs of insects, dead insects and vertebrates. Cannibalism in these animals also is possible.
Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus - Larva
Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus - Larva
The firebugs occure in different stages of their development. The animals accumulate to groups depending on the release of hormones by them, as called pheromones. If the firebugs (at risk) set free defence secretions, their meetings immediately solve.
Two Larvas - Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus - in various stages
Two Larvas - Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus - in various stages


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1. Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus
2. Pyrrhocoris apterus
3. Head of a Firebug
4. Firebug - Rear view
5. Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus - Larva
6. Two Larvas - Firebug - Pyrrhocoris apterus - in various stages
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