Red cotton bug ( Dysdercus cingulatus )
Like other true bugs, Dysdercus cingulatussucks fluids from its host plants. The only part of the cotton plant affected by this pest is the flower and the seed capsule or boll. As this develops, the insect thrusts its rostrumbetween the carpels and sucks fluids from the still soft seeds inside. Micro-organisms are admitted in the process and may make the boll contents rot or the lint become discoloured. Meanwhile, the seeds wither, the fibres may fail to expand and the boll may abort. When the seeds of a host plant ripen and it becomes unsuitable, the adult insects migrate to new host plants of the same or different species. While away from their hosts, they feed on nectar and fruit of non-host plants, and can survive for several days without food. They seem fond of citrus fruits, but this may merely be because there are often citrus plantations in close proximity to cotton fields.
As well as cotton (Gossypium), Dysdercus cingulatus feeds on a number of other crop plants including okra (Abelmoschus esculentus), muskmallow (Abelmoschus moschatus), hibiscus, white jute (Corchorus capsularis), citrus and maize (Zea mays). It also attacks trees including silk cotton tree(Bombax ceiba), kapok (Ceiba pentandra), teak(Tectona grandis) and the portia tree(Thespesia populnea).
Der Kalender „DuMonts zoologisches Kabinett“ ist ein wunderschöner dekorativer Wandschmuck und zeigt die über 200 Jahre alten Kupferstiche von Edward Donovan (1800) aus dem naturhistorischen Werk „Insects of India“.
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Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
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