Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Red Flying Insect


PestProducts wrote at 2008-09-30 18:23:26

The Correct Species is Dysdercus suturellus but that is not what type of insect it is, it is a type of moth I do not know what type or where it comes from yet.

Tiffie Wayne wrote at 2009-10-29 02:47:47
That is acually a Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth- they are seen thoughout the south- This moth species mimics wasps as a means of survival.  Since the harmless moth resembles a stinging wasp, many predators will give leave it alone.

Kaitlin wrote at 2010-11-19 20:51:34
Actually, this is a lepidopteran, family arctiidae. The insect that you named (the cotton stainer) looks very different. The lace-like wings are the telltale sign of this lepidoptera.

Leif G. Boman wrote at 2011-12-17 18:05:31
It is actually a Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth. Cosmosoma myrodora beautiful moth. I live in Central Florida and found one recently as well. Nice find!

Dennis wrote at 2012-02-29 16:24:24
I found this same flying insect in my back yard.  I looked up the Cotton Stainer and it is not even close.  The Cotton Stainer is a beatle, this insect is either a bee or a fly.  May be some type of Sawfly (member of the bee family).

Debi wrote at 2013-04-07 17:43:14
this is not a cotton stainer! this is a  Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth !

google wrote at 2013-05-24 23:22:50
i googled the name and the bug they showed didnt look like this one

SNS wrote at 2013-06-07 21:10:49

I actually believe it is the Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth (Cosmosoma Myrodora). The caterpillars host on non-toxic Climbing Hempweed; it is a member of the Sunflower Family and commonly found at field margins and roadsides.

Hope this helps!

mrscaz wrote at 2013-06-20 14:59:05
Actually this is NOT a cotton stainer. It's a Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth.  

COOKIE wrote at 2014-01-07 03:50:15
Hi, we have these in The Bahamas as well.Yes they do fly.I have seen them feeding from the weeds in the area.Now that I know they are cotton stainers, I will have to go and check out some cotton plants.I love taking photos of insects and took a couple hundred photos today of one of these cotton stainers. :)

COOKIE wrote at 2014-01-07 04:03:44
After looking up cotton stainers,I could not find a photo of this insect so I searched more and this is what I found, its a Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth!

https://www.google.com/search?q=Scarlet-Bodied+Wasp+Moth&rlz=1T4GGHP_enUS527BS527&tbm=isch&source=iu&imgil=mdORyfOECq7wMM%253A%253Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fencrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com%252Fimages%253Fq%253Dtbn%253AANd9GcQT9wEuA8dJ4HBiomkFpfftxsJiKOVY1uvICP2KRghFyGMC0ay8%253B1600%253B1072%253B98iZDbkRViSA8M%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Ffieldnotes-steve.blogspot.com%25252F2011%25252F12%25252Fscarlet-bodied-wasp-moth.html&sa=X&ei=gHvLUrW8IY2pkAe-u4H4Bw&ved=0CDwQ9QEwAQ&biw=1336&bih=583#facrc=_&imgrc=mdORyfOECq7wMM%3A%3B98iZDbkRViSA8M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F4.bp.blogspot.com%252F-dMDjxhdaKyA%252FTuKh-mcHkdI%252FAAAAAAAACPI%252Fd_gY7bf4TEI%252Fs1600%252Fwasp%252Bmoth%252B007.JPG%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffieldnotes-steve.blogspot.com%252F2011%252F12%252Fscarlet-bodied-wasp-moth.html%3B1600%3B1072 I found.

whatever wrote at 2014-05-17 02:24:09
this isn't a cotton stainer walter........check outa picture of one using the name you gave it in your search engine.  far from it i do believe.

Jennifer wrote at 2016-10-09 18:18:06
Yes they can fly. I had one fly right my water fountain. There was a cotton farm about 35-40 miles away from us so apparently they can travel quite a distance  

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Walter Hintz


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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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