Red Black beast

Can someone tell me what is the name of this one? Then I can check a little more about it.

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    $\begingroup$ How big is it and where did you find it? $\endgroup$ – C_Z_ May 13 '16 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ It is not a beast :P $\endgroup$ – WYSIWYG May 13 '16 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ @RHA The bug in that question looks pretty different from this one... $\endgroup$ – C_Z_ May 14 '16 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Cactuswoman same family, different species. $\endgroup$ – RHA May 14 '16 at 18:35

It looks like a squash bug to me (Pyrrhocoris apterus). If not apterus, I'd say it is at least in the Pyrrhocoridae family. Note, they must not but confounded with Corizus hyoscyami. Here is a picture of Pyrrhocoris apterus:

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Pyrrhocoris apterus have a very broad range covering a big part of Eurasia, from France to China. Is it where you found it?


This seems to be a species of the genus Pyrrhocoris, most probably the firebug Pyrrhocoris apterus. Its quite common in Europe, but according to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are also some occurrences in the US.


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