The Black-and-Red-Bug (Lygaeus equestris) is an insect in the Lygaeidae family of ground bugs.
The Black-and-Red Bug has a red-black pattern on its exoskeleton. Its hemelytra (front wings) are black and red with an oval-shaped white dot. It is also red and black on its scutellum (head shield). The scutellum has tiny hairs. It has fully-developed wings and long, strong legs. It antennae are long.It has a sucking mouthpart.
It grows to about 1 centimetre (about half an inch) long.
The Black-and-Red Bug is native to most of Europe. It is terrestrial, living on the ground. It prefers lawns, forest clearings, and scrublands.
It feeds on plants, using its sucking and piercing mouthparts that extract the sap (juice) from leaves and branches. It is toxic (poisonous) to other animals.
The female lays around 28 eggs on the underside of plant leaves, which hatch after 2-5 days. The eggs hatch into nymphs which suck on leaves as they grow into adults.
Location of photographs:Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM