Cotton Stainer

This flashy face belongs to Dysdercus suturellus aka the Cotton Stainer.

This bug is a true omnivore. The Cotton Stainer jabs that substantial rostrum into a variety of plants and plant seeds to suck the juices from deep inside. They are also known for consuming the nectar of flowers.

But in true omnivore fashion, the Cotton Stainer feeds off of other insects as well. With such a varied diet, It is no wonder they are so prolific in southeastern US.

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Nikon D3x, Nikkor 200mm micro f4, ISO100, 1/60, F10, two Sb200 flash heads, tripod

September 2016, Florida, USA

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