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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

Pyrrhocoris apterus
Common namesFirebug, Fire Bug
German namesFeuerwanze, Gemeine Feuerwanze, Brillenwanze
Dutch namesVuurwants
Danish namesIldtæge
Finnish namesTulilude
Swedish namesEldlus
French namesGendarme, Pyrrhocore
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1767
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Channel Islands (Guernsey)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia)), Bulgaria, Greece), East Europe (Ukraine)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Cyprus))
Caucasus
Georgia
Russia
Africa
North Africa
Tunisia
America
North America
USA


CountriesAustria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesPyrrhocoris apterus in faunaeur.org
Pyrrhocoris apterus in dyntaxa.se
Pyrrhocoris apterus in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
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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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderParaneoptera
OrderHemiptera
Hemipterans, True bugs, Cicadas, Aphids, Hoppers, Allies, Bugs
SuborderHeteroptera
True bugs, Bugs, Gerrids
InfraorderPentatomomorpha
SuperfamilyPyrrhocoroidea
FamilyPyrrhocoridae
Cotton stainers, Stainers, Red bugs
GenusPyrrhocoris
Speciesapterus
Pyrrhocoris apterus
Firebug, Fire Bug
AuthorLinnaeus, 1767
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