13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Cotton stainers family
The photo is showing cotton stainers (Dysdercus andreae) on a Thespesia grandiflora seed. This insects are known as St. Andrew's cotton stainers because the white X in the wings recalls the cross used during the martyrdom of St. Andrew. Here in Puerto Rico there're two host plants for this insects wich are Thespesia populnea and Thespesia grandiflora.
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||Oct. 20, 2015, 6:51 p.m.